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Morocco says cell with al-Qaida links dismantled

Updated at: 08/16/2013 8:05 AM
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(AP) RABAT, Morocco - Morocco’s government says a terror cell with links to al-Qaida affiliates in North Africa and Syria has been dismantled.

In a statement Friday, the country’s Interior Ministry said the cell’s four members were led by one of the most visible militants on jihadist websites. He was said to have been directed by leaders of al-Qaida’s North Africa affiliate to recruit Moroccans in anti-government attacks.

The statement said among those being recruited were Moroccans with links to al-Qaida fighters in Syria.

Friday’s announcement brings the number of terror cells dismantled this year in Morocco to four, including two in May.

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