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Morocco 'terror cell' dismantled

Authorities in Morocco have dismantled a suspected militant cell with plans to attack government buildings and cash machines, state media has reported.

The three men in the cell were arrested near the central city of Meknes.

The report, which cited the Interior Ministry, said the group used the internet to spread its extremist ideas and incite civil disobedience. It did not say when the arrests were made.

Unlike neighbouring countries, Morocco has not been attacked by large, organised militant groups such as al Qaida. However, it does suffer occasional attacks by small cells inspired by extremist ideology.

In April 2011, a bomb was detonated by remote control in a cafe in the city of Marrakech popular with foreign tourists, killing 17 people.

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