Danish citizen arrested on terror charges in Morocco

Man is believed to have travelled to the north African country to supervise a terror attack

Moroccan police have arrested a Danish citizen on terror charges, according to the Associated Press.

The Dane, who is of Moroccan descent, was arrested along with two other men for having planned terror attacks against the Moroccan state. The three suspects are believed to be members of a terror organisation going by the name the Party for Moroccan Islamic Liberation.

According to Morocco’s Interior Ministry, the Danish citizen travelled to Morocco to supervise the execution of a plan that aimed to “undermine the country’s security and stability” by recruiting “indoctrinated” people.

Authorities believe the terror cell is financed by supporters in Europe.

“They spread their nihilistic theses in brochures that they distribute in Moroccan cities,” the Moroccan Interior Ministry said in a statement. “They set a question mark on the entire democratic process and they encourage subversive activity.”

As of this morning, there was no statement from the Foreign Ministry or PET relating to the arrest. Jyllands-Posten reports that it attempted to find additional details about the arrestee through the Moroccan news bureau Arabe Presse. Staff there, however, could only confirm that a Danish citizen had been arrested.

This is not the first time a Dane has been involved in a terror case in Morocco. Omar Maarouf, a Danish-Moroccan citizen, has been condemned to death for 2003 charges of attempted murder and an attempted bombing.