Morocco busts Daesh cell; 11 arrested

In this file photo, A Moroccan policeman stands guard at the Central Bureau of Judicial Investigation office in Sale, March 23, 2015. Moroccan police on Oct.14, 2017 arrested 11 members of an “extremely dangerous terrorist” cell linked to Daesh and seized chemical products used to make bombs, the Interior Ministry said. (Reuters)
Updated 14 October 2017
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Morocco busts Daesh cell; 11 arrested

RABAT: Moroccan police on Saturday arrested 11 members of an “extremely dangerous terrorist” cell linked to Daesh and seized chemical products used to make bombs, the Interior Ministry said.
The suspects were active in the neighboring northern cities of Fez and Meknes, in commercial capital Casablanca, as well as in the central town of Khouribga, a statement said.
The ministry said the “extremely dangerous terrorist” cell had planned to carry out attacks in “sensitive areas... in coordination with an affiliate” of Daesh.
Moroccan media broadcast live video footage showing heavily armed and masked members of an elite police unit surrounding a building in Fez.
The ministry said the unit searched an apartment and arrested the “suspected mastermind of the cell and one of his accomplices.”
Police also seized firearms, knives, gas canisters as well as “products used to make homemade bombs” and a car carrying “suspicious material” that was parked near the building, the ministry added.
Morocco has been spared deadly terrorist attacks since a 2011 bombing in Marrakesh’s famed Jamaa El Fna Square that killed 17 people, mainly European tourists.
But in recent months, authorities have regularly announced the dismantling of Daesh cells and arrests of suspected recruiters.


Egypt prosecutor refers 3 oil industry execs for trial for alleged corruption -judicial source

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Egypt prosecutor refers 3 oil industry execs for trial for alleged corruption -judicial source

  • Three executives from a private petroleum company had been referred for trial over an alleged corruption scam worth close to $1 billion

CAIRO: Egypt’s public prosecutor has referred three executives from a private petroleum company for trial over an alleged corruption scam worth close to $1 billion, a judicial source said on Thursday.
The firm’s former deputy chairman and two others allegedly manipulated its books and siphoned funds into personal foreign bank accounts in 2012, the source and state news agency MENA said.
The firm, then known as Tri Ocean, has since been renamed Mog Energy.
No one at Mog Energy was immediately available for comment.