Moroccan authorities on Thursday announced the arrest of five suspected members of a cell linked to the Islamic State jihadist group in a series of operations in several cities across the country.
The Central Judicial Office (OCIJ) issued a statement detailing that the operations in Tangier, Temara, Tiflet and Skhirat were carried out, adding that they thwarted “imminent and extremely complex plans” by the terrorist cell.
It was also confirmed that during the operation in Tiflet, an agent involved in the raid to arrest one of the suspects was injured while another detainee tried to blow himself up with a bottle of butane in Temara.
The OCIJ has said the operations also resulted in the seizure of three explosive tapes, 15 bottles of chemical materials, detonators and electronic devices, as reported by the Moroccan state news agency MAP.
On the other hand, he has elaborated that the leader of the cell has a history of planning attacks in various parts of the country in order to “destabilize security and stability in the country”, plans that had already reached “advanced stages”.