Morocco Foils ISIS Terror Plot Targeting Security Sites

Moroccan authorities dismantled a 5-member ISIS-affiliated terrorist cell planning to attack vital facilities and security institutions. The suspects, aged 22-46, were arrested and placed in custody for further investigation.

Emmanuel Abara Benson
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Morocco Foils ISIS Terror Plot Targeting Security Sites

Morocco Foils ISIS Terror Plot Targeting Security Sites

Moroccan authorities, person, terrorist, cell have thwarted a terrorist plot by ISIS supporters who planned to attack vital facilities and security institutions across the country. On Friday, the Central Bureau of Judicial Investigations (BCIJ) under the General Directorate of Territorial Surveillance (DGST) dismantled a five-member terrorist cell in an operation spanning several cities, including Casablanca, Tangier, Tetouan, Martil, and the rural commune of Ounagha in Essaouira province.

The successful counterterrorism operation highlights the ongoing threat of ISIS in North Africa and the importance of international cooperation in combating terrorism. It also underscores the need for continued vigilance and investment insecurity infrastructure to prevent attacks and protect citizens.

The suspects, ranging in age from 22 to 46, had pledged allegiance to the so-called ISIS caliphate and expressed their intention to carry out terrorist attacks in Morocco. Preliminary investigations revealed that one member, an electronics expert, had planned to manufacture explosive devices to use in the attacks. The cell was also involved in campaigns inciting violence against the state.

The arrests were made by members of the DGST's special force following extensive research and investigations. The suspects have been placed in custody for further judicial investigation under the supervision of the prosecutor's office in charge of terrorism cases. Authorities aim to uncover the full extent of the cell's extremist activities and links, as well as identify all of theirdestructive plots against the nation.

Why this matters: Morocco has been working diligently to combat the threat of terrorism in the region. The country's security services have carried out numerous operations in recent years to dismantle extremist networks and prevent attacks. In 2022 alone, Moroccan law enforcement arrested over 60 individuals with alleged ties to ISIS and other terrorist organizations.

The successful counterterrorism operation underscores Morocco's commitment to maintaining national security and stability. As a key U.S. ally and major partner in the global fight against terrorism, the country remains vigilant in the face of ongoing extremist threats. The dismantling of this ISIS-affiliated cell dealt a significant blow to the terrorist group's attempts to establish a foothold in North Africa and target Morocco's people and institutions.

Key Takeaways

  • Moroccan authorities dismantle 5-member ISIS terrorist cell.
  • Cell planned to attack vital facilities and security institutions.
  • Suspects, aged 22-46, pledged allegiance to ISIS and planned attacks.
  • One suspect, an electronics expert, planned to manufacture explosive devices.
  • Morocco remains vigilant in combating terrorism, a key U.S. ally.