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Morocco arrests 4 planning city attack

Members of the Moroccan counter-terrorism efforts, the newly set-up BCIJ (described as Morocco's FBI) [File photo]
Members of the Moroccan counter-terrorism efforts, the newly set-up BCIJ (described as Morocco's FBI) [File photo]

Moroccan security forces have arrested four people in connection with planned attacks in the former capital city and popular tourist destination, Fez.According to a statement released by Morocco’s interior ministry on Wednesday, a military uniform, knives and documents calling for an Islamist insurgency in the country were all confiscated during a raid.

The operation is the second of its kind this month in Fez where terror cells have been dismantled and 11 suspected Daesh militants arrested.

In recent years Morocco has not seen any terror attacks on its soil, with authorities regularly thwarting operations by raiding potential terror cells and arresting suspects. The last deadly attack in the country was in 2011 when a bomb went off in Marrakesh’s famed Jemaa El-Fnaa Square, killing 17 people.

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The attack was seen as similar in magnitude to the attack in Casablanca in May 2003 that left 45 people dead including 12 suicide bombers.

A number of Moroccan nationals have also been behind attacks in Europe including the recent violence in Barcelona when a truck rammed into pedestrians killing more than 13.

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