RABAT, Nov. 20 (Xinhuanet) -- Moroccan police have
smashed a terror network in the country and arrested all its 17 members, the
official MAP News Agency reported on Sunday.
The network had contacts with the extremist forces
that had penetrated into Iraq, and maintained close links with the
al-Qaidaterror network, the report said.
The top two suspects were Khaled Azig, a Moroccan
national who once studied theology in Syria, and Mohamed R'ha, a Belgian of
Moroccan origin. Azig returned to Morocco in June, and joined R'haon Sept. 29 to
recruit and train extremists, MAP quoted police as saying.
Among the other arrested suspects are two
Moroccan-born Afghans,who were former prisoners held at the US base in
Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, the police said.
The police made the arrests mainly in the capital
city of Rabatand the economic center Casablanca, which was hit by a series of
deadly terrorist bombings in May 2003 leaving 33 people dead.
Since the Casablanca attacks, the Moroccan police
have been closely tracing terror groups. Enditem