The Moroccan security forces dismantled a suspected terrorist cell in the city of Tangier that intended to carry out attacks “immediately”, allegedly on behalf of the jihadist organization Islamic State, to which the suspects had already sworn allegiance.
The Central Office for Judicial Investigations (BCIJ, for its acronym in French) issued a statement reporting the arrest on Wednesday morning of five people between the ages of 22 and 28 who are suspected members of the same cell, according to the official MAP news agency.
In the action to arrest the leader of the group, the agents used sound bombs to resist the suspect. They also evicted neighbors and relatives for fear of an explosion in the house where chemicals, gas bottles, cables and nails, and Islamic State propaganda were found.
Authorities suspect that the cell was trying to recruit new members and had already planned to bomb buildings and security guards and public places. One of the suspects had already run simulations of the manufacture of explosives using information from the Internet.
The self-proclaimed “emir” of this cell had started to establish contacts with leaders of the Islamic State in the Sahel region in order to search for economic and logistical resources for the various terrorist operations, about which the BCIJ did not provide further details.
The detainees have been made available to the Counterterrorism Prosecutor who will conduct the investigation to determine the impact of this group and determine their plans.