Al-Qaeda operative arrested in Morocco

Moroccan authorities announced that they have arrested an extremist affiliated with Al-Qaeda and Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, in the central city of Azrou, Morocco.

The Moroccan Interior Ministry said in a statement that the suspect, a computer engineer, used his knowledge in this field to disseminate the extremist ideas of the Jabhat Fateh al-Sham group, formerly known as the Al-Nusra Front, through the setting up of applications and electronic programs to serve the agenda of the supporters of this terrorist organization.

The investigation also revealed the alleged involvement of the suspect in piracy of bank accounts of persons abroad, which allowed him to seize large sums of money, the statement pointed out.

The suspect will be brought to justice pending the completion of the investigation led under the supervision of the competent public prosecutor’s office.

Morocco is facing a growing threat from terrorist groups, especially the IS group.

Authorities said over 160 terrorist cells have been busted since 2002, including over 40 in the past three years with ties to extremists groups in both Iraq and Syria.

Xinhua/Zainab Sa’id