Spain arrested an alleged member of ISIS in collaboration with Moroccan security services.
Quoting the ministry’s statement, EFE said that the arrest was carried out through an international arrest warrant and extradition request issued by Morocco.
Moroccan authorities described the 33-year-old terror suspect as a “dangerous terrorist who fought in foreign territory.”
The statement added that the suspect is an alleged member of ISIS. He left Morocco in 2014 to join ISIS.
The statement added that he “would have conducted military practices for the group in order to plan the development of a long-range missile base in Syria.”
He entered Spain irregularly in June 2018. The suspect lived in Barcelona.
Morocco has several international cooperation agreements with international security services, including the US, Spain, and France.
Morocco introduced a new anti-terrorism strategy and the Central Bureau for Judicial Investigation (BCIJ) in 2015. These initiatives received applause from several international powers, including the US.
Morocco was listed among the countries least impacted by terrorism, according to the 2018 Global Terrorism Index. Morocco ranked 132nd out of 163 in the report, gaining nine places compared to the 2017 report when it ranked 123rd.
Morocco had not experienced a terror attack since April 2011 in Marrakech until this week.
However, the BCIJ is now investigating the murders of two Scandinavian tourists in Morocco’s Atlas Mountains as a potential act of terror. The BCIJ initially arrested four suspects for the crime, who appeared pledging allegiance to ISIS in a video posted online on Thursday.
The bodies of the tourists were found on Monday, December 17.