Rabat – Police elements of the Central Bureau of Judicial Investigation (BCIJ) made two arrests on Friday in connection with a Fez-based terror cell that was dismantled last month, reported Maghreb Arab Press (MAP).
According to a recent press release issued by the Ministry of Interior, the newly arrested suspects were part of a four-person terror cell arrested on October 25.
The ministry added that knives, axes, electronic devices, and jihad-praising manuscripts were seized.
The four-person terrorist cell was spread throughout different parts of the medina neighborhood of Sidi Boujida. The suspects were preparing attacks in still-unidentified places.
The two suspects will be brought to justice after investigations for further investigation under the supervision of the public prosecutor’s office, added the ministry.
Friday’s arrests came after a dismantling operation of a terror cell comprising 17 suspects active across the country, including in Fez.
The terror cell was planning attacks throughout Morocco, with a view to “undermine the country’s stability,” according to the Ministry of Interior.
Police elements of BCIJ have managed to dismantle 174 terrorist cells since 2002, including 60 cells linked to terrorist groups in Syria and Iraq
According to Abdelhak El Khiam, the head of the BCIJ, the bureau’s forces have thwarted a total of 352 terrorist attempts aimed at threatening Morocco’s security
On October 14, 17, and 23, Moroccan police arrested six terrorism suspects in the cities of Rabat and Beni Mellal, as well as a village near the city of El Jadida.