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Moroccan Security Forces Arrest ISIS Extremist

Moroccan Security Forces Arrest ISIS Extremist

Thursday, 14 November, 2019 - 10:00
File photo: Protesters throw stones towards riot police in Morocco. Reuters/Youssef Boudlal

The Central Bureau of Judicial Investigations (BCIJ) arrested an ISIS-linked extremist on Tuesday in the city of Guelmim, southern Morocco.


According to the BCIJ statement, investigations revealed that the terror suspect is promoting ISIS extremist ideology through apps to “serve the agenda of this terrorist organization.”


BCIJ agents seized several electronic devices, mobile phones, and electrical cables during the operation.


BCIJ has carried out several other crackdowns against terror cells throughout the year.


Morocco introduced the BCIJ in 2015. The bureau has been monitoring security threats across the country and has also assisted foreign security agencies in combating terrorism.


This year, Moroccan security services dismantled 13 terrorist cells that were preparing to commit criminal acts targeting the security and safety of the Kingdom or friendly countries, and recruited young Moroccans to fight in areas where militant groups are active.


BCIJ, which specializes in combating terrorism, also dismantled a number of terrorist networks, including thwarting a terror cell operating in Morocco and Spain.


Morocco has accumulated an important experience in the fight against extremism, thanks to upholding a proactive and precautionary security policy approach.


As for the Moroccan Interior Ministry, it reiterated that it is actively pursuing continuous coordination with security services in combating terrorism.


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