Morocco arrests eight over ISIS recruitment

Morocco has announced the arrest of several would-be Islamist militants in recent weeks. (File Photo: Reuters)

Moroccan authorities have arrested eight people suspected of recruiting fighters for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria and will send them to trial, the Interior Ministry said Saturday.

The ministry did not say when the arrests were made but said the suspects were part of a cell active in the central towns of Meknes and El-Hajed and in Al-Hoceima in the north.

Morocco has announced the arrest of several would-be Islamist militants in recent weeks.

Dozens of people accused of links to terrorism have also been tried and jailed for up to five years.

In September, the government approved a bill to tighten anti-terrorist legislation, aimed especially at stopping people from joining Islamist militant groups.

A month later, it boosted security across the kingdom to counter any threats.

More than 2,000 Moroccans, including people with dual citizenship, are believed to have signed on with jihadist groups in Syria and Iraq, where IS controls huge chunks of territory.
 

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:43 - GMT 06:43
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