Morocco: Police Nab Four ISIS Operatives
Moroccan authorities announced on Monday the arrest of four members of the terror group ISIS who were operating in the cities of Casablanca, Nador, Tangier and Tiznit.
The arrests were made by Morocco’s counterterrorism bureau, Central Bureau of Judicial Investigations (BCIJ). The captured agents of the Jihadist group, aged between 19 and 24, were seeking to get explosives manufacturing techniques with a view to carry out terrorist acts, says a press release issued by the Moroccan interior ministry.
Investigation also showed that cell members support ISIS agenda and led to the seizure of various weapons, electronic items and propaganda documents of extremist ideology.
One of the suspects had close ties with one of the individuals arrested following the dismantling of a terrorist cell on May 8 in Morocco and Spain in a jointly coordinated police operation.
Since its creation in 2015, the BCIJ, called Morocco’s FBI, has arrested hundreds of suspected terrorists and dismantled several terrorist cells. It also cooperates with other European countries’ security services, mainly Spain, France and Belgium in the counterterrorism struggle.
Morocco has robust security services and its comprehensive, multi-dimensional approach in the fight against terrorism has enabled the country to preserve its security and ward off terror attacks.