As part of constant efforts to identify extremist elements carrying terrorist projects in the Kingdom, the Central Office of Judicial Investigations (BCIJ), under the General Directorate of Territorial Surveillance (DGST), dismantled on Monday, a terrorist cell operating in the city of Sidi Slimane and composed of four supporters of the so-called “Islamic State” group, aged 23 to 51, said a statement from the Interior Ministry.
This operation resulted in the seizure of electronic devices, large caliber weapons, a military trellis and a mask as well as several manuscripts proving the adherence of the suspects to the thought of “Daesh” , including a text of allegiance to the self-proclaimed ex-Caliph, a photo representing the flag of this terrorist organization and publications inciting violence and legitimizing combat and suicide operations, specifies the same source.
Initial investigations have revealed that the head of this terrorist cell, who had been arrested in 2014 under anti-terrorism law in the wake of the dismantling of another terrorist cell active in the recruitment and dispatch of fighters with terrorist factions in Syria and Iraq, had recruited elements of his cell, followers of the same extremist thought, and had planned together to carry out terrorist projects aimed at seriously undermining the security of citizens and destabilizing order public.
This security operation once again demonstrates the persistence of terrorist threats that threaten the Kingdom, as well as the insistence of supporters of extremist thought, especially among followers of Daesh, to carry out terrorist operations like the branches of this organization. outside its stronghold in Syria and Iraq, in the service of its destructive agenda.
The suspects were taken into police custody to further investigate under the supervision of the relevant prosecution before bringing them to justice, the statement said.