French al-Qaida recruiter arrested in Tangiers

Moroccan authorities arrest French citizen suspected of recruiting fighters for al-Qaida

French al-Qaida recruiter arrested in Tangiers

RABAT, Morocco (AP) -- Moroccan authorities have announced the arrest in Tangiers of a French citizen of Algerian origin for recruiting fighters for al-Qaida to travel to Syria and Iraq.

The statement issued by the Interior Ministry late Sunday described the suspect as a veteran member of the international terror network.

It said he had fought in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bosnia and is charged with raising funds and manpower for fighting in Syria.

The suspect arrived in Morocco on July 21, traveling via Tunisia and Libya and was arrested on Saturday in the North African kingdom's main container port of Tanger-Med.

He allegedly was recruiting for the al-Qaida's Syrian affiliate, the Nusra Front.

While Morocco has experienced few terrorist attacks, it is a major source of recruits for conflicts in Mali, Syria and elsewhere.

Updated : 2021-03-01 13:07 GMT+08:00