October 29, 2010 / 6:34 PM / 9 years ago

Morocco says breaks up al Qaeda-linked cells

RABAT (Reuters) - Moroccan security forces broke up two radical Islamist cells linked to al Qaeda that were planning attacks in Morocco and recruiting fighters to send to Iraq, official media quoted the Interior Ministry as saying.

The two cells between them had nine members, including a Yemeni national who has a close link with al Qaeda and is wanted by his country’s police, the official MAP news agency said on Friday, quoting an Interior Ministry statement.

Morocco frequently announces the arrests of suspected militants as part of a crackdown on Islamist violence after a series of suicide bombings in the commercial capital, Casablanca, in 2003 which killed 45 people.

Reporting by Lamine Ghanmi; editing by Alison Williams

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