Morocco arrests six suspected Daesh militants

A Moroccan policeman stands guard at the Central Bureau of Judicial Investigation office in Sale, in this March 23, 2015 file photo. (Reuters)
Updated 24 October 2017
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Morocco arrests six suspected Daesh militants

RABAT: Moroccan authorities said on Monday they had arrested six suspected Daesh militants who had been planning attacks.
The arrested belonged to a group linked to Daesh that was dismantled this month which had been active in eight towns and cities and which had planned terrorist operations, an official statement said.
One of the six arrested was an expert in explosives, the statement said. Eleven other militants had already been arrested earlier this month.
Moroccan authorities say they have dismantled dozens of jihadist cells since 2002, including about 50 with alleged links to Daesh.


Egypt referendum extending El-Sisi rule to 2030 passes with 88 percent of vote

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Egypt referendum extending El-Sisi rule to 2030 passes with 88 percent of vote

  • Turnout was 44.33% of eligible voters
  • Pro-government media, business people and lawmakers had pushed for a "Yes" vote

CAIRO: Egypt's election commission says voters have approved constitutional amendments allowing President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi to remain in power until 2030.

Lasheen Ibrahim, the head of the commission, said on Tuesday the amendments were approved with 88.83% voting in favor. The turnout was 44.33% of eligible voters. The nationwide referendum took place over three days, from Saturday through to Monday to maximize turnout.

Pro-government media, business people and lawmakers had pushed for a "Yes" vote and a high turnout by offering incentives.

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