Morocco’s BCIJ dismantled the cell in eastern Morocco on September 5.
Rabat – Morocco’s Central Bureau of Judicial Investigation (BCIJ) located two sites in a mountainous area at Imchtassen town, in Driouch province. The sites were used by a dismantled terror cell to conduct explosive manufacturing experiments.
Searches and investigation made it possible for the BCIJ to seize the remains of a pressure cooker, a metal tube, electrical cables, and nails used in experimental operations to manufacture a distance explosive, the Ministry of Interior announced on Monday, September 8.
BCIJ also seized medium-sized plastic tubes in the house of one of the suspects in the Nador province.
BCIJ sent the seized tubes to scientific experts for analysis.
The ministry added that an investigation has been underway since the arrest of the suspects. BCIJ dismantled the cell on September 5 in Berkane and Nador, two cities in Eastern Morocco.
The suspects are aged between 27 and 41. BCIJ also seized electronic devices and knives during the operation.
The members of the cell planned to join the camps of a pro-ISIS network in the Sahel in the Sub-Sahara region before plotting terror acts targeting sensitives sites in Morocco.
A previous statement from the ministry said that the mastermind of the cell had become an expert in making explosives intended for use in terror attacks.
The ongoing investigation into the suspects revealed their involvement in plans to execute several terrorist projects targeting sensitive sites across Morocco, the ministry said yesterday, September 9.
The suspects will be brought to justice once the investigation is completed under the supervision of the competent public prosecutor’s office, the statement said.