LONDON – Morocco has become "a stepping stone" for the terrorist attacks of the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS / Daesh) group in Europe and tourists must now "be vigilant at all times," warns the British newspaper The Sun, a week after the brutal assassination by the extremist organization of two Scandinavian hikers in the Atlas region.
In an investigation by The Sun following the execution by Daech of Louisa Vesterager Jespersen, a 24-year-old Danish student, and Maren Ueland, a 28-year-old Norwegian woman, whose bodies were discovered on an isolated site in the High Atlas (southern Morocco), the media reveals that "Morocco is no longer a haven of peace and stability as foreigners have now become possible targets for local extremists."
This country has also become "a stepping stone" for the Daesh terrorist attacks and "the breeding ground" of the extremist group that has invaded Europe, according to the newspaper.
The media quoted by the Foreign Office also warns that Moroccan terrorists are likely to carry out attacks in London, Paris, Barcelona, Brussels and Finland, and recalls that in its latest travel advisory, the Foreign Office has warned that "terrorists are still likely to carry out attacks in Morocco" and urged visitors to "be vigilant at all times".
"Attacks could be blind or target aliens," The Sun quoted the Foreign Office as saying, citing the latest major terrorist attack in April 2011, when 17 people were killed and 25 wounded in the blast a bomb in Marrakech in the restaurant Argana, Djamaa El-Fna.
The leading Marco "exporter" of terrorists
The British newspaper continues: "Morocco is today considered the main 'exporter' of Daesh terrorists", citing the example of Younes Abouyaaquoub, 22, who is suspected of being one of the authors suspected of the bombing of Las Ramblas in Barcelona (Spain), which killed 15 pedestrians.
About 1,800 Moroccans, the same source added, have become terrorists in Libya, Iraq and Syria in recent years, and some 1,000 Moroccan and Tunisian terrorists have reportedly returned to Morocco and Tunisia.
For the British daily, the first European country that could suffer from Moroccan terrorism is Spain, which is the main destination for Moroccans, who represent 16.4% of immigrants in this European country, those who do not. they are the largest migrant community in the country.
Moreover, the official figures show that more than 3,300 migrants from Morocco entered Spain illegally by sea during the first four months of last year, the media said, pointing out that the Spanish police "closely monitor "Moroccans, many of whom are linked to terrorist groups.
The majority of terrorist attacks perpetrated in Spain or elsewhere in Europe were led by Moroccans, says the same daily, which also warns that the scope of action of Moroccan terrorists extends to England, France, in Belgium and Finland where attacks have been committed in recent years.
Thus, the British media is "astonished" that Moroccans are not yet banned from entering the United States because of the significant risk they represent.
In this context, the paper recalls that the director of the Moroccan Central Bureau of Criminal Investigations (BCIJ), Abdelhak Khiame, has recently revealed that his service has dismantled 167 terrorist cells since 2002, thwarted 76 terrorist plots and arrested 2,720 suspected terrorists .
In total, thirteen people have been arrested since last Monday in Morocco for alleged links to the assassination of the two Scandinavian tourists, a case that sparked an international outcry.