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3 French nationals arrested for Daesh links
February 13, 2019
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RABAT: Moroccan authorities said on Tuesday they had arrested three French nationals suspected of links to the Daesh extremist group for alleged involvement in “financing terrorism”.

 The suspects, one of whom is of Algerian origin, were arrested on Monday in Sale near the capital Rabat, the General Directorate of National Security said in a statement.

 Investigations have shown that the suspects have “succeeded in forging close ties with active fighters” within Daesh in Syria and Iraq, it said.

 They are accused of “involvement in fundraising for extremist circles to finance terrorist operations,” it said, adding that investigations were continuing with a view to finding possible accomplices.

 The North African kingdom, which relies heavily on tourism, was shaken by the grisly murders of two Scandinavian hikers by suspected jihadists in the High Atlas mountains in December.

 In 2011, a bomb blast at a cafe in Marrakesh’s famed Jamaa El Fna Square killed 17 people, mostly European tourists. An attack in Casablanca killed 33 people in 2003.

 Extremists of Moroccan origin have also been involved in numerous attacks abroad in recent years in France, Belgium and Spain.

Agence France-Presse
 

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