RABAT, Morocco – The wives of two Saudi men have been arrested in Morocco as part of an expanding probe into possible attacks against American and British ships near Gibraltar.
The two women were arrested 24 hours ago and are being interrogated with their husbands and a third Saudi national for "criminal acts," an official told the Reuters news agency.
"The two young women were apparently married to Saudi nationals preparing terrorist attacks in the Mediterranean... They were aware of what the men were doing," the official said. He declined to give their ages and names.
Officials said a key aspect of the case is the women's intimate knowledge of a possible plot. Sources reported to Fox News the women not only had condoned the plot, but also may have had a role in facilitating them.
The women were allegedly used as couriers between Al Qaeda, the Islamic group that Washington holds responsible for the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States, and its members in Morocco.
Late Monday, a senior government official said three Saudi men between the ages of 25 and 35 were arrested and accused of preparing "terrorist" attacks on NATO targets, including U.S. and British warships.
The plot, according to officials, would have involved attacking war ships in the narrow strait separating Gibraltar from North Africa. The alleged plan is eerily similar to the October 2000 attack on the USS Cole, in which a bomb-laden boat rammed into the ship, killing more than a dozen crew members.
Fox News' Catherine Herridge contributed to this report.