Rabat, Morocco- Only 2 days after inaugurating Morocco’s new investigation police department, namely the Central Bureau of Judicial Investigation (BCIJ), an offshoot of Morocco’s domestic intelligence agency (DGST), the authorities clamped down on members belonging to a “terrorist cell” that had pledged allegiance to the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, and which was operating in the following cities: Agadir, Tanger, Laayoune, Boujaad, Tiflet, Marrakech, Taroudant, Ain Harouda and Eastern Laayoune.
The arrest was considered as the most important one in the country since the unveiling of the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.
According to our sources, Morocco’s secret services were aware of the said cell few months now, and were monitoring their moves as to make sure they get all members inside the net.
The terrorists were nabbed yesterday in a coordinated series of raids in the aforementioned 9 cities.
Our source added that the recent terrorist attack perpetrated in Tunisia precipitated Morocco’s secret services to dismantle the cell.
In the wake of the busting of this terrorist cell, the Moroccan Ministry of Interior shared a statement, in which it said that during the operation “firearms and a large amount of ammunition” were seized in Agadir. The terrorists planned “to assassinate political, military and civilian figures.”
“The investigations confirmed the involvement of the members of this cell, who pledged allegiance to the head of the ISIS terrorist organization, in recruiting and dispatching young Moroccans in Iraq and Syria using foreign funding,” Morocco’s state news agency La MAP relayed from Morocco’s Ministry of Interior.
Until the very moment of writing these lines, the Moroccan authorities did not mention the timing or the number of arrests.
The Moroccan Times.