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Moroccan authorities said today that they had arrested seven suspected militants linked to Daesh and seized weapons and explosive belts.
A statement from the interior ministry said the group had ties with commanders of the militant group in Syria, Iraq and Libya and had set up a hideout in the coastal town of El-Jadida.
It said the Central Bureau of Judicial Investigation seized an assault rifle, seven pistols, ammunition and bomb-making material. Authorities said they also found two explosive belts in the raids in El-Jadida, Sale and other towns.
Morocco, a Western ally against Daesh, Al-Qaeda and other militant groups, says that since 2002 it has dismantled more than 150 militant cells linked to groups fighting in Syria and Iraq.
Hundreds of fighters from Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria have joined militant groups in the Middle East and Libya. Security experts say some try to return and create new extremist groups in their home countries.
Authorities blamed religious militants for a bomb which killed 17 people at a tourist cafe in the city of Marrakesh in 2011.
(Source / 27.01.2017)