As the hunt intensifies for members of a Moroccan-led cell thought to be responsible for the terror attacks in Spain, attention has turned to the hundreds of returned jihadists across the Strait of Gibraltar who intelligence officials fear pose a large, residual threat on Europe’s doorstep.
Up to 1,000 jihadists are thought to have been smuggled back to Morocco and Tunisia from the battlefields of Islamic State’s now crumbling caliphate. About 300 are thought to have returned to Morocco, from where six of the 12 terrorists who carried out the attacks in Catalonia are believed to have hailed.
Rabat – Fifteen minors who sexually assaulted a donkey in the small rural town of Sidi Kamel in the communal providence of Sidi Kacem have been treated for rabies infections received from the animal.
The sexually frustrated children and teenagers stayed at the Mechraa Belksiri Hospital for one week to receive rabies vaccinations after the animal transmitted the disease to them, explained Moroccan daily Al Akhbar in its August 10 edition.
The incident has put the families of these fifteen young people into distress and horror, reports the daily.
Local authorities have been alerted and search for find anyone else who has “approached” and “admired” the animal closely, in order to limit the risk of rabies spreading among the inhabitants of the region.
The occurrence became the subject of mockery and ridicule among the population of the small town.
Had it succeeded, the plot could have wiped out Morocco’s valuable tourist industry overnight. Holed up in the breezy surfing town of Essaouira, a cell of would-be ISIL gunmen were plotting an armed rampage, bringing extremist carnage to a resort famous for its hippy image.
But on June 22, the four suspects were arrested before they could act, sparing the resort once frequented by rock star Jimi Hendrix from mass bloodshed.
Officials claim they were aiming to repeat ISIL’s 2015 atrocity on a resort near Sousse in Tunisia, in which the group massacred 38 people and killed off the country’s tourism trade at the same time.
Local media has reported that factories across Morocco were made to stop manufacturing burqas, while shops have been told to liquidate inventories. The Interior Ministry cited security concerns as grounds for the move.
Authorities in Morocco have prohibited both the manufacture and sale of the burqa for security reasons, local media has reported. Although there has been no official announcement from the government concerning the move, the new measures are set to take affect as soon as next week.
“We have taken the step of completely banning the import, manufacture and marketing of this garment in all the cities and towns of the kingdom,” news website “Le360” wrote, quoting a source in the Interior Ministry.
The source said the decision had been made for safety reasons, adding that “bandits have repeatedly used this garment to perpetrate their crimes.”
Rabat – Moroccan intelligence services had allegedly informed their German counterparts about the possibility that the Anis Amiri, the alleged author of the Berlin attack on Monday, could perpetrate a terrorist attack on German soil.
According to a Moroccan official, who spoke to Morocco World News on condition of anonymity, Morocco’s intelligence services, otherwise known as DST, had alerted Germany’s Federal Foreign Service on September 19, 2016 of Anis Amiri’s jihadist tendencies and his alleged allegiance to the so-called Islamic State.
According to the same source, Moroccan intelligence services again reached out to their German counterparts on October 11, 2016 and informed them that Amiri had been illegally residing in Germany for 14 months and was meeting, on a regular basis, with two followers of ISIS described as “dangerous.”
Rabat – The board of Casablanca’s Ain Sebaa’s court has sentenced a 40-year-old woman to four years in prison and a fine of MAD 500 for desecrating copies of the holy Quran during a women’s prayer room in the “Lkhzama” mosque, located in the Casablanca neighborhood of Lissasfa last November.
The incident has sparked outrage among Lissasfa’s population, who protested against the woman’s act.
The mosque’s Imam, who caught the woman desecrating the Quran, and the women’s prayer room in complete disarray. Amid the mess, he found a copy of the Holy Quran covered with pieces of bread, urine and excrement.
State broadcaster Channel 2M demonstrates how to cover up bruises with makeup and ‘carry on with your daily life’
Women in Morocco have reacted in horror after a programme on state television demonstrated how they could use makeup to cover up evidence of domestic violence.
The segment in the daily programme Sabahiyat, on Channel 2M, showed a smiling makeup artist demonstrating how to mask marks of beating, on a woman with her face made up to appear swollen and covered with fake black and blue bruises.
“We hope these beauty tips will help you carry on with your daily life”, the host said at the end of the segment, broadcast on 23 November – two days before the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.
The first lady’s meeting heralded an announcement that the ‘Let Girls Learn’ initiative would be extended in Morocco on Tuesday with more than $100million of foreign aid going towards transforming secondary education in the country.
Obama, who is traveling with daughters Sasha and Malia on her six-day trip to promote education with stops in Liberia, Morocco and Spain, was greeted at the airport on Monday by King Mohammed VI’s wife Princess Lalla Selma.
100,000,000? Now I understand why the Arabs invented appropriated the zero.