The dismantling operation of the new terror cell on Tuesday followed several arrests of suspects involved in terrorism-related crimes.
The suspects, between the ages of 18 to 31, were active in eastern Morocco’s Rif region, according to a statement from the Ministry of the Interior.
During the operation, BCIJ seized knives, hunting rifles, military suits, firearms, texts glorifying extremism, batteries, and electric wires.
The ISIS cell was plotting terror attacks to undermine the security and stability of Morocco.
According to the ministry, the operation confirms “the continuity of terror threats” and the existence of people “fed by extremist ideology to serve” ISIS’s agenda.
BCIJ is continuing to investigate the three to find any additional terror suspects connected to the cell.
In his recent interviews, BCIJ chief Abdelhak Khiame echoed the ministry’s statement, emphasizing that war against ISIS will take a long time.
Morocco’s security services dismantled nine cells in 2018 and eight in 2017.
Khiame added that 918 people were arrested for terror-related crimes, including 14 women and 29 minors. He noted that 98 percent of the people arrested in terror-related cases are Moroccans.
Since its creation, BCIJ has thwarted 59 cells, 51 of which had ties to ISIS.
Although the number of terrorist cells in Morocco has decreased, Morocco still faces a terror threat.