State media: Morocco dismantles new militant cell

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RABAT, Morocco (AP) -- The Moroccan state news agency has announced the dismantling of a new militant cell planning attacks against foreign interests in the country.

The late Saturday report said the five-man group was operating in Casablanca and Sale and had online links to al-Qaida operatives abroad. It quoted a statement from the national intelligence agency.

The statement said the group planned to attack Western interests and foreign companies in Morocco, as well as prison facilities.

The group is also said to have been in touch with the main defendant in the bombing attack against a Marrakech cafe to learn about making explosives.

Eight people are currently on trial for that April 28 attack, which killed 17 people, mostly tourists.