Nine Islamic militants charged in Morocco for alleged roles in religion-inspired killings

AP, Wed Aug 7, 7:45 PM ET

RABAT, Morocco – Moroccan authorities disbanded two Islamic networks on Wednesday for their suspected roles in the killing of six people that the groups allegedly believed weren’t religious enough, the official news agency reported Wednesday.

Nine suspected members of the networks were taken into police custody and brought before a state prosecutor in the coastal city of Casablanca, the MAP news agency reported, quoting a statement from the Interior Ministry.

The groups’ members, armed with swords, clashed with police in a working class neighborhood of Casablanca on Wednesday before they were taken into custody, the report said. One police officer was injured.

Moroccan authorities disbanded the groups, identified as Assalalafia Al Jihadia and Attakfir Oual Hijra, the report said. An investigation is continuing, and other suspects are being sought.

Moroccan officials have led a crackdown against suspected Islamic militants in recent months following an increase in crimes inspired by religion and the government’s dismantling in June of an alleged cell of U.S. terror suspect Osama bin Laden’s al-Qaida network.

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