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Attacks in Spain Put New Focus on Europe’s Moroccan Diaspora
Alleged role of country’s nationals in Barcelona assault has Western security officials worried
The alleged involvement in last week’s terrorist attacks in Spain of a number of Moroccan nationals—one of whom is still at large—has Western security officials fretting over how deeply radical Islamic groups have penetrated a community of four million spread across the European Union.
Spanish authorities have said most of the 12-strong network they believe plotted and conducted Thursday’s rampages in and near Barcelona were Moroccan nationals or of Moroccan descent. Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attacks in which 14 victims died. Spanish authorities said Sunday they take this claim at face value, adding that some of the bombing material had the trappings of the militant group.
Concerns over the dispersion of Moroccan radicals, many of whom grew up in Europe, escalated further after Finnish police said a man suspected of stabbing two people to death in the provincial town of Turku on Friday was an asylum seeker from Morocco.