Sunday, July 27, 2014
Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb Continues to Post Threats Aimed at Morocco as US Embassy is Evacuated in Algiers. MARRAKESH, Morocco — The terrorist bomb that killed 16 people in a crowded tourist cafe in April 2011 was packed with nails and was set off remotely, most probably by a cellphone, Morocco’s interior minister and security officials said. The bomb appeared to have all the hallmarks of Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, Interior Minister Taieb Cherkaoui said, briefing the government in Rabat. “The manner reminds us of the style used generally by Al Qaeda,” he said. “And this leads us to think that there is a possibility of more dangers to come.”
The 2003 Casablanca bombings were a series of suicide bombings on May 16, 2003, in Casablanca, Morocco. The attacks were the deadliest terrorist attacks in the country’s history. 45 people were killed as a result of these attacks (12 suicide-bombers and 33 victims). The suicide bombers came from the shanty towns of Sidi Moumen, a poor suburb of Casablanca, and were from the Salafia Jihadia group.
Morocco terror risk spikes: The deadly conflict now unfolding in Mali between armed Islamists and an international military coalition seems far removed from Morocco. But with al-Qaeda working to foster ties with distant extremist circles, the active recruiting of Moroccan jihadists brings the Mali crisis perilously close to the kingdom. In late December, the Moroccan judicial police broke up an al-Qaeda cell in Fez. The group’s goal: to “enrol and recruit young Moroccans who have embraced jihadist ideas, in order to send them to al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) camps”, the interior ministry said.
Al-Andalus, the media branch of al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), released a rather sophisticated and detailed video on Morocco titled “Le royaume de la corruption et du despotisme” (The kingdom of corruption and despotism) on September 12, 2013. The video mixed a series of elements, from Wikileaks cables to TV reports, to present a harsh set of accusations against Moroccan King Muhammad VI. Communications Minister and government spokesman Mustapha al-Khalfi said that the AQIM broadcasting was an “attempt to undermine the Moroccan model”. Morocco has been targeted by major terrorist attacks in the past, the most recent being an April 2011 attack in Marrakesh, in which a remote controlled bomb detonated in Jamaa al-Fna square, killing 17 people and injuring 20 more.
Bill Warner Sarasota Private Investigator, SEX, CRIME, CHEATERS & TERRORISM at www.wbipi.com