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Morocco dismantles new terrorist cell

A terrorist cell affiliated with the Islamic State, made up of four extremists aged 22 to 28, was dismantled on Tuesday morning in the rural commune of Sidi Zouine, near Marrakech. A feat achieved by the Central Bureau of Forensic Investigations (BCIJ).

Elements of the BCIJ arrested, in the early hours of Tuesday, June 22 in Sidi Zouine, four suspected members of a terrorist cell aged 22 to 28, said the Directorate General of Territorial Surveillance (DGST) in a statement. The defendants have allegedly pledged allegiance to the terrorist organization Daesh. According to the first elements of the investigation, they were at an advanced stage in the preparation of terrorist acts against several targets in Morocco.

The alleged “emir” of this cell intended to join the ranks of Daesh after being recruited by one of the leaders of this organization, based abroad, continues the DGST. Welder by profession, he made bladed weapons as well as explosive devices. He had moved on to the execution stage, having recruited and trained people around him, fabricated explosives and listed targets including natural persons who were to be eliminated with knives. In his viewfinder, the premises of the security services. This terrorist cell had come into contact with teenagers from Sidi Zouine in order to introduce them to the destructive ideology of the terrorist movement.

During the intervention, elements of the BCIJ seized several objects including bladed weapons and chemicals used to make explosives. The defendants were placed in police custody at the disposal of the judicial investigation carried out by the BCIJ under the supervision of the anti-terrorism prosecution.

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