The Central Bureau for Judicial Investigations (BCIJ) of the General Directorate of Territorial Surveillance (DGST) arrested an extremist supporter of the “Islamic State” (IS) aged 24 and active in the Sala Al Jadida region on Thursday, in close collaboration with the General Directorate of National Security (DGSN).
The suspect’s arrest and the thwarting of his terrorist plot are part of the Moroccan security services’ ongoing efforts to confront the risks of violent extremism and combat terrorist threats, according to the BCIJ.
According to the statement, this arrest is the result of bilateral cooperative relations and tight coordination between the services of the DGST of the Kingdom of Morocco, intelligence services, and US law enforcement organizations.
The suspect had prepared digital content in which he professed allegiance to the purported emir of the IS terrorist group and was intending to join the organization’s camps abroad before deciding to take part in a terrorist project in Morocco using explosive devices, according to the BCIJ.
According to the investigation, the suspect attempted to prepare two explosive devices, which was confirmed by the searches, which resulted in the seizure of electronic devices, materials, and remains of products suspected of being used in the preparation of explosives, which were handed over to technical security services to be subjected to the necessary scientific expertise.
The suspect was detained until the BCIJ investigation, which is being performed under the supervision of the prosecutor’s office in charge of terrorism issues, with the goal of showing the links of this terrorist plot, as well as its regional consequences both in Morocco and overseas.
According to the source, this security operation demonstrates the necessity and efficiency of bilateral collaboration between the DGST and the US security and intelligence services in the battle against violent extremism and terrorist threats on a global scale.