Rabat - Moroccan authorities have dismantled nearly 140 terrorist cells since 2002, announced Moroccan communication minister and government spokesman, Mustapha El Khalfi.
Rabat – Moroccan authorities have dismantled nearly 140 terrorist cells since 2002, announced Moroccan communication minister and government spokesman, Mustapha El Khalfi.
Mustapha El Khalfi, who was speaking during a media briefing on Thursday, said that Moroccan services have dismantled over 15 terrorist cells during the first nine months of 2015.
“The Moroccan services dismantled nearly 140 cells since 2002 and arrested nearly 2,200 suspected terrorist. I used the term nearly because these figures don’t include the terrorist cells dismantled over the past two weeks,” El Khalfi noted.
The Government spokesman said that Morocco adopted an effective security apparatus that foils attacks before they happen, ”long before’ the terrorist attacks that hit Beirut, Paris, Tunis and Egypt.”
The Minister went on to say that among security measures Morocco put in place to prevent terrorist attacks was the creation of the new security mechanism “Hadar,” and the deployment of security forces in tourist and strategic locations across Morocco. “This security mechanism has proven its effectiveness,’ El Khalfi added.
El Khalfi pointed out that Morocco made the fight against terrorism “a collective responsibility between government and citizens,” by briefing Moroccans about all news concerning terrorism in the kingdom.
“Head of Government Abdelilah Benkirane always discloses the most recent data on terrorism in Morocco during the oral session in the parliament, because security and security is a national issue,” he added.
In addition to these measures, the minister said that Morocco has also launched an effective religious policy, which promotes Morocco’s practice of Islam.
“This policy made Morocco a model in the fight against the roots of terrorism and the radical views on Islam spread on internet,” Mustapha El Khalfi concluded.