Rabat - Moroccan intelligence and security services arrested four alleged suspects of an active terrorist cell on December 31 in Agadir.
Rabat – Moroccan intelligence and security services arrested four alleged suspects of an active terrorist cell on December 31 in Agadir.
The last operation of 2015 carried out by Moroccan secret services in the fight against terrorism, took place in Morocco’s southern region, according to Yabiladi news website.
Authorities arrested four men associated with a criminal network that was allegedly planning to carry out terrorist attacks in several parts of Agadir and its suburbs.
According to Moroccan authorities cited by the local press, the arrests occurred at an apartment in the neighborhood of Salam, around 8:00 p.m. local time on New Year’s Eve when the country was on high security alert to protect the holiday festivities.
The defendants have been interrogated by intelligence services and the group has been described as “dangerous”.
Other arrests took place in the Agadir region on the eve of the New Year, including the detention of a group of Salafis, the same source said.
Among the suspects arrested during the end-of-year security mobilization, some were released while about 18 others are still being held, according to a source in the defense of Coordination of Islamist detainees.
Moroccan authorities deployed 100,000 members of the military, national security, the Royal Gendarmerie and the Auxiliary Forces, across the entire country on Wednesday to protect the New Year festivities from potential terrorist threats.
Last Monday, Moroccan daily Assabah noted that Morocco figured among the list of countries threatened to be a target of ISIS’ chemical attacks on the evening of December 31. ISIS had reportedly named the attack, “the conquest of the New Year!”
Morocco’s intelligence and security services have been working around the clock to protect the country and its borders from potential crimes.
On December 11, authorities arrested a nine-member terrorist cell that was allegedly planning to carry out similar attacks to those in Paris on November 13.
Similarly, a number of terror threats have been successfully thwarted by Moroccan authorities putting the responsible criminals behind bars without any civilian casualties.