Moroccan police thwart terrorist plot aimed at destabilising country

Moroccan security services succeeded in thwarting a dangerous terrorist plot aimed at destabilizing the country on Thursday. (AFP)
Updated 29 March 2018
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Moroccan police thwart terrorist plot aimed at destabilising country

RABAT: Moroccan security services succeeded in thwarting a dangerous terrorist plot aimed at destabilizing the country on Thursday, according to a statement from the Moroccan Ministry of Interior.
Security services dismantled a terror cell consisting of eight members between the ages of 21 and 31. The cell was operating in the cities of Oued Zem and Tangier and its members held extremist views in line with Daesh ideology.
The statement said that investigations revealed the suspects were searching for raw materials so that they could manufacture explosive devices and belts and carry out high level terrorist operations targeting sensitive sites in a number of cities in the country, thereby implementing the “subversive agenda of Daesh.”


Dead body business attracts medics, drug dealers in Egypt

Egyptian Christians stand outside St. Markos Church in Minya, south of Cairo, Egypt, in this Jan. 6, 2015 file photo. (AP)
Updated 23 July 2019
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Dead body business attracts medics, drug dealers in Egypt

  • Some of the gravediggers remove tissues and grease from the bones by boiling them to remove their odor before selling them to students

CAIRO: The Egyptian Orthodox Church has issued a statement condemning the theft of the body of the Patriarch Gerges, son of priest Ibrahim Al-Basit, from his family’s burial place in the Minya governorate.
Last Saturday, the cemetery was opened and Al-Basit’s body was stolen. The crime of stealing the bodies of the dead has recently spread across Egypt, especially while the sanctity of the body remains preserved. It is also common for the remains to be collected two years after the burial.
Last October, a gang was arrested after stealing bodies from their graves. An investigation has revealed that the main defendant sold the bodies to medical students for practical learning.
Some of the gravediggers remove tissues and grease from the bones by boiling them to remove their odor before selling them to students.
The investigation found that the defendant had put a price on various limbs. The leg and the arm were priced at 3,000 Egyptian pounds ($180), the skull cost 5,000 pounds and the whole body was worth 20,000 pounds.
Ashraf Farahat, a legal expert and lawyer, said that Egyptian law demands up to five years of imprisonment and a fine of 100-500 pounds for criminals who violate the sanctity of graves.
Yasser Sayed Ahmed, a legal expert and lawyer, said he knew of many cases where cemetery guards and assistants help people access graves for superstitious reasons in exchange for large sums of money.
The majority of these cases are happening with the help of the guards of the tombs. They exhume graves at night to extract the bodies and separate the organs to sell bones and skulls. They often sell them to drug dealers by grinding and mixing some materials for sale at high prices.