Morocco claims bust of AQIM-linked terrorist cell

Moroccan security services broke up a 27-member terrorist network, authorities announced Jan. 5. According to the Interior Ministry, the cell’s Moroccan ringleader aimed to set up an al-Qaeda base in the kingdom and send recruits to AQIM training camps in Algeria and Mali. Police found three arms caches near Amghala, “comprising 30 Kalashnikov machine guns, three sub-machine guns, one 82-mm bazooka, two RPG-7 type rocket grenade launchers, several pieces of live ammunition, plus 66 strong-boxes for storing weapons and other munitions”, according to Interior Minister Moulay Taieb Cherkaoui. (Magharebia, Jan. 6)

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