Morocco uncovers terror ring planning attacks on local Jews
Network funds apparently raised through holdups and thefts in Europe; ministers and army officers also targeted.
Morocco says it has dismantled a terrorist network plotting to assassinate Jews, cabinet ministers, army officers in the North African kingdom.
The official MAP news agency reported Wednesday night that the North African kingdom also banned an Islamist political party, Al Badil Al Hadari, because some members were linked to the network.
The network apparently raised funds through holdups and jewelry thefts in Europe.
MAP said authorities discovered a vast stash of weapons while dismantling the cell, which they believe is linked to Al-Qaida and local terror groups.
In May 2003, at least 41 people were killed and scores injured when suicide bombers struck Morocco's biggest city, Casablanca, targeting a Synagogue and a Spanish club.
In April 2003, Al-Qaida claimed responsibility for the bombing of synagogue in nearby Tunisia, which killed 20 people, including 14 German tourists.