Security forces of the Morocco government broke up a terrorist group that had links to al-Qaeda, according to Reuters
. The government announced on Monday that the group of 24 were planning assassinations and other acts of sabotage in Afghanistan, Somalia, Iraq and others.
The militant cells were attempting to inflict havoc on foreign security forces and foreign interests. The Morocco Interior Ministry further added that the faction attempted to recruit Moroccan citizens as well.
The group “were preparing to carry out assassinations and acts of sabotage within the country, notably targeting the security services and foreign interests in Morocco,” the ministry said in a statement.
Four members of the group had served previous jail time for other terrorist acts. They will now appear before a judge when the investigation comes to a conclusion.
Islamic terrorism is quite rare in Morocco
and has been peaceful since 2003 when it suffered numerous suicide bombings.