The suspect, who knows how to manufacture explosives, promoted ISIS extremist ideology on social networks.
Rabat – Morocco’s Central Bureau of Judicial Investigations (BCIJ) has arrested an “extremist” suspect for promoting ISIS destructive ideology on social media.
The BCIJ arrested the suspect on Tuesday, November 26 in Rabat’s twin city, Sale, a statement from the counterterrorism bureau has said.
Preliminary investigations show that the 33-year old suspect was promoting and glorifying the extremist ideology of ISIS through apps and social networks.
The suspect, who was also inciting terror acts by ISIS “lone wolves,” recorded an audio in which he explained “the methods of manufacturing explosives and explosive belts,” the statement said.
The BCIJ investigations also revealed that the suspect was preparing to commit a suicide bombing in Morocco. He was also in contact with “media leaders” of ISIS abroad.
The counter-terrorism bureau staff seized several electronic devices, mobile phones, and knives during the operation. The security unit put the suspect in custody for further investigation.
The operation is part of Morocco’s efforts to combat ISIS fighters and terrorist groups.
Morocco’s BCIJ has conducted several similar operations throughout the year. The latest was on November 17, when the BCIJ arrested two ISIS-linked suspects in Rabat.
The suspects, aged 30 and 34, had plotted to carry out terror attacks across Morocco, a statement from the BCIJ said.