Rabat - Morocco's security services on Tuesday arrested a member of a terrorist cell in the northern city of Nador recruiting volunteers to fight for the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq.
Rabat – Morocco’s security services on Tuesday arrested a member of a terrorist cell in the northern city of Nador recruiting volunteers to fight for the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq.
This operation was conducted in coordination with the Spanish security services, which arrested three other accomplices in Sebta, the Interior Ministry said in a statement.
One of the three accomplices is a former Guantanamo detainee who had fought for “Al Qaeda” in Afghanistan, the statement said, adding that another accomplice is the brother of a fighter who perpetrated in 2013 a suicide attack against a military barrack in Syria.
This operation is part of cooperation between Moroccan and Spanish security services to fight terrorism in the light of the rising threat that represents ISIS for the stability of Morocco and its allies.
The suspects will stand trial after completion of investigations, supervised by the competent attorney’s office.
This operation comes less than a week after Moroccan intelligence services dismantled a 10-member terrorist cell affiliated with ISIS. According to a statement made by Director of the Central Bureau of Judicial Investigations (BCIJ), Abdelhak Khiame, the commando planned to carry out terrorist in Morocco last Friday.
The terror cell, whose members pledged allegiance to the so-called Islamic State (ISIS), was planning attacks against public institutions and civil and military figures, Khiame said at a press briefing at the BCIJ headquarters in Salé (Rabat twin city), last Friday.
The Moroccan official added that the terrorist group planned to use biological and chemical weapons.