France foils terror attack after cooperation with Morocco

French Security services arrest terror suspects, including French woman of Moroccan origin, who were planning to attack church in France thanks to information provided by Morocco's intelligence services.

CASABLANCA - French authorities arrested last week suspected terrorists, including a French citizen of Moroccan origin, who were planning to carry out an imminent terrorist operation in France, in cooperation with Moroccan intelligence services.

The General Directorate of Territorial Surveillance (DGST) gave on April 1 the French external and internal intelligence services (DGSE-DGSI), a specific information about the French citizen of Moroccan origin, who was planning to attack a church in France.

French authorities carried out, on April 3 and 4, anti-terror operations that made it possible to neutralize the risks of the terror plot, according to the spokesperson for the Directorate General of national security (DGSN) and the DGST.

The information provided by the DGST to the French security services included personal data on the main suspect and her electronic identity data, as well as the terrorist project that she was preparing to carry out in coordination with other members of the Islamic State organisation," added the same source.

French authorities were informed in the right time as the main suspect was in the final stages of executing her suicide plan inside the place of worship, in addition to targeting the faithful with a large sword to kill and mutilate them.

The DGST also made available to the French authorities information on the level of extremism reached by the suspected woman, in particular her imminent intention to commit acts of murder and beheading, drawing her inspiration from the videos and digital content disseminated by the IS group known also as “Daesh.”

Moroccan intelligence services’ valuable information the their French counterpart is part of the North African country’s international cooperation in the fight against terrorism