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Morocco’s BCIJ Arrests 2-ISIS Linked Suspect in Rabat

The two suspects had laid the groundwork to carry out terror acts across Morocco.

Rabat – Morocco’s Central Bureau of Judicial Investigations (BCIJ) arrested two ISIS-linked suspects in Rabat on November 17.

The suspects, aged 30 and 34, had plotted to carry out terror attacks across Morocco, a statement from the BCIJ said.

An investigation into the two suspects revealed that they were promoting ISIS ideology.

During the arrest operation, the BCIJ seized several electronic devices as well  knives.

The security services put the suspects in custody for further investigation into the suspects’ roles in the preparation and planning of terror acts.

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The operation is part of Morocco’s approach to combat terrorism, including thethreat posed by ISIS and its supporters, the statement concluded.

Morocco’s BCIJ has dismantled several ISIS-linked terror groups throughout the year. Most recently, on November 12, the BCIJ arrested an ISIS-linked extremist on suspicion of prompting ISIS extremist ideology through electronic apps. The arrest operation took place in the city of Guelmim, southern Morocco.

The BCIJ  also arrested seven ISIS-linked terror suspects in several regions across Morocco, including  Chefchaouen, Casablanca, Ouazzane, and Dar Bouazza, a coastal town near the city of Casablanca, on October 25.

Morocco’s BCIJ are well respected in the international community for their approach to combatting the threat of terrorism. The strategy is based on partnerships with several international partners to fight radicalization and extremism.