Morocco’s Central Bureau of Judicial Investigation (BCIJ) has dismantled a six-member terror cell for their alleged ties with ISIS in Beni Mellal, central Morocco.
Rabat – A statement from the Ministry of Interior said that the suspects are aged between 24 and 37. The ministry added that the suspects were plotting to undermine the security and stability in the country.
Information from Morocco’s General Directorate for Territorial Surveillance (DGST) made the arrests possible, according to the statement.
During the arrest operation, BCIJ members seized several electronic devices, knives, as well as notes and books glorifying terrorism and inciting violence.
According to the ministry, the preliminary investigation revealed that the members of the cell had recruited young people, with the aim of inciting them to carry out serious attacks against the stability and security of citizens.
The suspects will be brought before justice after further investigations.
Throughout the year, BCIJ has carried out similar operations across the country. In November, BCIJ reported the arrest of two suspects who were planning a terrorist attack with intent of undermining the country’s stability. The suspects were arrested in Inezgane and Ait Melloul, southern Morocco.
In July, BCIJ officials arrested seven pro-ISIS extremists operating in central Morocco, near Agadir and Marrakech.
In the same month, BCIJ arrested four suspects in four Moroccan cities: Casablanca, Nador, Tangier, and Tiznit.
The head of BCIJ, Abdelhak Khiame said in October that Morocco has dismantled 183 terror cells since 2002.
Morocco’s BCIJ is also known for its international cooperation with several countries, including France and Spain.In a recent report, the US Department of State said that Morocco has a “comprehensive counterterrorism strategy that includes vigilant security measures, regional and international cooperation.”