The operation is part of an investigation following the dismantling of a four-member terror cell in Al Haouz, in the Marrakech Safi region.
Rabat – Morocco’s Central Bureau of Judicial Investigation (BCIJ) seized on Thursday, June 27, chemical products in two farms. The farms were searched following the arrest of a four-member dismantled cell used to meet there to manufacture explosives.
The BCIJ apprehended the extremist suspects in Al Haouz near Marrakech on June 25.
As part of ongoing investigations, BCIJ seized chemical products, including black powder, chemicals, aluminum sawdust, two small bottles of butane gas, as well as electric wires allegedly used to manufacture explosives.
The seized products will be the subject of scientific examination by experts, according to the statement.
Preliminary investigations have found that the suspects were planning to carry out several “serious” terror attacks at sensitive sites across the country.
The suspects are aged between 25 and 40. The mastermind of the cell, according to BCIJ, forged “suspicious relations with active members in order to plan terror attacks” in Morocco using explosive devices.
He also recruited and trained the other members of the cell.
On June 25, BCIJ said that it has monitored a farm in Ourika, 30 kilometers from Marrakech which is owned by one of the cell members.