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Morocco’s BCIJ Arrests 12 Suspects Linked to Terror, Criminal Networks

Morocco’s BCIJ Arrests 12 Suspects Linked to Terror, Criminal Networks

Rabat – Morocco’s Central Bureau of Judicial Investigation (BCIJ) has arrested 12 suspects with alleged ties to criminal and terror networks in Casablanca and Tangier.

According to a joint statement from the General Directorate of National Security (DGSN) and the General Directorate of Territorial Surveillance (DGST), one of the suspects has ties with ISIS in Syria and Iraq.

Authorities said the list includes former prisoners convicted of terrorism and extremism. Today’s statement added that other suspects have criminal records for undermining public safety, drug trafficking, and kidnapping for ransom, and using knives for criminal purposes.

BCIJ conducted the arrest in coordination with DGSN and DGST.

The communiqué noted that members of the same criminal network attempted to storm an apartment in Tangier on Friday, causing the death of a person suspected of involvement in drugs, who fell from the seventh floor of the building.

An investigation into the Friday incident enabled authorities to seize a range of items, including masks, gloves, knives, and shock-proof vest.

Authorities put the suspects in custody for further investigations to identify the suspects’ possible links to other criminal networks.

The operation followed a similar arrest of three suspects on September 6 who were active in Tetouan and Agadir.

Police arrested the suspects for ties with ISIS.

The security agency has carried out several operations dismantling terror cells with links to ISIS throughout the year.

BCIJ staff arrested seven pro-ISIS extremists in July operating in central Morocco, near Agadir and Marrakech.

In another BCIJ operation, police arrested four suspects on July 2 in four Moroccan cities.

In response to terror threats, especially after Marrakech’s terror attack in 2011, Morocco modernized and upgraded its security system to fight radicalization and organized crime.

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