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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

13 Arrested in Paris Terror Raid

PARIS -- French police launched a dawn raid outside Paris on Monday, detaining 13 suspected militants in connection with a deadly terrorist attack in Morocco last year, authorities said.

The DST, France's domestic security agency, conducted the roundup of suspects in the suburbs of Paris on orders of two French anti-terrorism judges, Jean-Louis Bruguiere and Jean-Francois Ricard.

One person was detained at Charles de Gaulle airport as he tried to leave the country, Paris prosecutor Yves Bot said.

The operation was part of an investigation into near-simultaneous suicide attacks in Casablanca, Morocco, that killed 33 bystanders and 12 bombers on May 16, 2003, authorities said. Paris prosecutors opened an investigation three days after the attacks because three of the victims were French.

Those detained for questioning are suspected of belonging to the Moroccan Islamic Combatant Group, Bot said. The organization, which has alleged links to al-Qaida, has been blamed by the Spanish government in the March 11 rail attacks in Madrid that killed 191 people.

However, Bot said authorities do not have evidence linking the suspects in France to the Madrid bombings.

"These investigations are the culmination of a long probe ... into the networks linked to the Moroccan Islamic Combatant Group," Bot said in a statement. The DST conducted the operation as part of an investigation involving other foreign intelligence services, the Interior Ministry said in a statement.