Moroccan authorities have dismantled a cell of Islamic State group-affiliated militants and arrested three suspects accused of plotting an assassination, security services.
The suspects, detained in the southern city of Errachidia, had planned “crimes of a terrorist nature against individuals” and selected a public servant for “imminent assassination”, according to the Central Bureau of Judicial Investigation (BCIJ), which oversees counter-terrorism operations.
Security forces searched the suspects’ homes and a shop, where they found military clothing. The head of the cell was “active in recruiting from among followers of traditional religious trends”.
The suspects, aged 21, 27 and 37, “had shared digital content of a terrorist nature such as those documenting suicide attacks and killings carried out by Daesh”.
They were remanded in custody for further investigations on the cell’s potential international links, its plans and any other people “involved in its extremist activities”, the statement said, warning that Morocco continues to face the threat of terror attacks.
Data source: maroc.ma