Five IS-affiliated extremists have been apprehended for allegedly planning destructive projects (BCIJ)
Five extremists affiliated with the terrorist organization “Istalmic State,” aged 21 to 44, were arrested Wednesday morning by the Central Bureau for Judicial Investigations (BCIJ), with the help of special forces from the General Directorate of Territorial Surveillance (DGST), for their alleged involvement in planning for the execution of destructive projects within the framework of so-called individual terrorist operations.
According to a statement released by the BCIJ, the suspects were arrested in separate and simultaneous security operations in Kenitra, Larache, Souk Sebt Ouled Nemma, Taroudant, and the rural commune of Souihla (Marrakech prefecture), as part of the DGST services’ ongoing efforts to neutralize and abort terrorist plans and projects that threaten the country’s and citizens’ security.
Electronic materials and media were seized during searches at the homes of those arrested, according to the same source, and will be subjected to technical and digital expertise to determine their content. Manuscripts praising the terrorist organization Islamic State were also seized, including a manuscript listing products and elements used in the manufacture of explosive devices, as well as bladed weapons of various sizes.
According to early investigations, the five extremists linked with the terrorist organization “Islamic State” are involved in the instigation and planning of terrorist projects, as well as the gathering of extremist content on explosive device manufacturing.
They also commended the Islamic State terrorist organization’s physical liquidation and mutilation of bodies, as well as fanatical takfirist notions of society and representatives of public power, and approving the spoils of terrorist operations.
According to the statement, the suspects had specified terrorist targets that were unique to each of them, but that all overlapped in terms of individual terrorism methods and techniques, which were summarized in the targeting of security and military sites and government installations.
They also planned physical liquidations against members of the public and government departments, as well as commercial and banking institutions, in order to get the resources and funding needed for terrorist activities.
The suspects were detained pending the conclusion of a judicial investigation by the BCIJ, which was conducted under the supervision of the prosecutor’s office in charge of terrorism cases, with the goal of highlighting the terrorist projects prepared by each of them and determining any possible ramifications with other terrorist cells and organizations active in Morocco and abroad.