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Terror threat in Morocco increases

Terror threat in Morocco increases
Travellers have been told to be vigilant

The Government has updated its advice for British travellers, after local authorities indicated there was an increased threat from Moroccans sympathising with or linked to international terrorist groups in Syria, Iraq and Libya.

Travellers have been told to be vigilant.

Advice on the Foreign Office website says: “There is a high threat from terrorism in Morocco.

“Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places visited by foreigners.

“Protective security measures are in place at many Moroccan hotels and sites popular with tourists. Security measures, including security personnel, may be visible in certain areas.

“The Moroccan authorities have warned of an increased threat linked to the growing number of Moroccans sympathetic or belonging to international terrorist organisations operating in Syria, Iraq and Libya, and regularly report the disruption of terrorist cells.

“There is considered to be a heightened threat of terrorist attack globally against UK interests and British nationals, from groups or individuals motivated by the conflict in Iraq and Syria. You should be vigilant at this time.”

Matthew Williamson’s Marrakesh: My Kind of TownDjema el-Fna Square, where a bomb exploded in 2011  Photo: Fotolia/AP

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