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Morocco: ISIS Cell Plotting to Target Sensitive Areas Dismantled

Morocco: ISIS Cell Plotting to Target Sensitive Areas Dismantled

Friday, 6 September, 2019 - 10:45
Members of the Moroccan security forces stand guard during the trial of militant suspects charged over the brutal murder of two Scandinavian women hiking in Morocco, at a court in Sale, near the capital Rabat, on Thursday. — AFP

The Central Office of Judicial Research in Morocco dismantled Thursday an ISIS-cell of five members whose ages range between 27-41, revealed a statement by Morocco's Interior Ministry.

The members were active in Berkane and Nador, in the northeast of Morocco. The operation also resulted in confiscating electronic devices and cold weapons.

Initial information showed that the cell members planned to join camps of an ISIS division before they changed their plans and decided to conduct terrorist operations against sensitive locations in the country.

The leader of the terrorist cell acquired skills in explosives to be used in subversive plots.

The statement added that the suspects will be brought to justice once the search by the specialized public prosecution is over.

Moroccan security authorities have dismantled more than 168 terrorist cells since Sept. 11 2001 in the US.

A total of 341 criminal plots were foiled and more than 45 terrorist cells related to Syrian-Iraqi tension zones were captured.

Official statistics showed that more than 1,600 Moroccan citizens volunteered to fight in Syria and Iraq.

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