Head of BCIJ said last week that the cell intended to turn Morocco into a “bloodbath.”
Rabat – Experts investigating substances that police confiscated during a counterterrorism operation on Friday, October 25, have confirmed that the ISIS-linked cell used the chemicals to manufacture explosives.
The Ministry of Interior shared a statement today, emphasizing that the substances seized are chemicals “used in the manufacture of explosives and deadly poisons with dangerous effects on humans and the environment.”
Morocco’s Central Bureau of Judicial Investigation (BCIJ) dismantled the seven-member cell on October 25 in several cities, including Chefchaouen, Casablanca, Ouazzane, and Dar Bouazza, a coastal town near the city of Casablanca.
The BCIJ seized several shotguns and electronic pistols during the arrest. The ministry said that the same tests revealed that the weapons “were in good condition and ready for use.”
“The rest of the seized electronic products are components used to produce energy and increase the power of the explosion.”
Security services are still investigating the case under the supervision of the competent prosecutor’s office.
Head of Morocco’s BCIJ, Abdelhak Khiame said that the cell intended to return Morocco into a “bloodbath.”
The cell was plotting dangerous terror attempts in sensitive areas, especially in Casablanca.
On October 27, the BCIJ detected a site in the region of Ouazzane in northern Morocco where the members of the cell were planning to hide after carrying out terror attacks in several regions of Morocco.