Thursday, September 7, 2017

Spain/Morocco: jihadist cell' preparing 'large-scale' attack broken up.

(Madrid/Rabat) A joint operation by the Spanish and Moroccan authorities  have dismantled a jihadist terrorist cell composed of six people", of which five of them were arrested in Morocco and one in Melilla, a Spanish enclave in North Africa.

Spain's interior ministry said Wednesday. The jihadists  were preparing "large-scale attacks".
The arrests came about after an investigation by the Moroccan security services found evidence that the group was planning large-scale terror attacks, holding discreet night-time meetings during which they carried out physical training and simulated murder training by learning how to slit throats with knives.

The Moroccan interior ministry said the cell became active in Beni Chiker, a town in the northeastern province of Nador, with its members "planning to carry out a range of execution operations in Morocco and Spain." Five of the suspects are Moroccan nationals, one of whom had residency in Spain, while the sixth was a Spanish national of Moroccan origin.