Rabat - The specter of terrorism has resurfaced again in Morocco, following the deadly terrorist attacks on France.
Rabat – The specter of terrorism has resurfaced again in Morocco, following the deadly terrorist attacks on France.
According to daily newspaper Akhbar Alyaoum in its January 13 issue, strict instructions were given to the Moroccan security services to tighten surveillance near the country’s borders.
The same source added that security services have received firm instructions to strengthen surveillance near the borders with the occupied cities of Ceuta and Melilla, in addition to other reception points such as ports and airports.
These measures are being taken due to fears that terrorists in connection with the Paris attacks may try to enter the kingdom using forged identity documents, according to the newspaper.
The newspaper added that the authorities at Mohammed V Airport in Casablanca were given instruction to tighten supervision, especially for Spanish nationals from Ceuta and Melilla.
In this regard, police have intensified the hunt for local radical Islamists based on lists provided by the Direction Générale de la Surveillance du Térritoire (DGST), Morocco’s internal intelligence agency.
Akhbar Alyaoum also reported that the US Secretary of State has warned US citizens about potential terrorist attacks against American interests in the Middle East and North Africa.
The US world travel warning did not mention Morocco as a potential target of these attacks. However, it mentioned the potential threat of the Al Qaeda-affiliate in North Africa known as “Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb”, or “AQIM”, to the entire region.