Morocco breaks up terrorist cell

Moroccan security forces dismantles a terrorist cell suspected of links with Islamic State group in Beni Mellal, arrests six individuals.

CASABLANCA – Morocco’s security forces dismantled Friday in Beni Mellal a terrorist cell suspected of links with the Islamic State group.

The Central Bureau of Judicial Investigations (BCIJ) arrested six individuals suspected of preparing terrorist attacks in the North African country.

The operation led to the seizure of electronic materials, books and publications extolling the extremist ideology of "Daesh" (acronym of IS) and inciting violence, in addition to weapons, according to the Interior Ministry.

According to the initial investigation, the members of the suspected terrorist cell, aged between 24 and 37, carried out recruitment operations of young people with a view to adopting their extremist ideas while inciting to commit attacks aimed at people rejecting their ideology, which constitutes a serious breach of public order and the security of citizens, said the ministry.

This operation confirms the continuation of terrorist threats and the determination of followers of "Daesh" ideas to execute the agenda of this organization through criminal acts, it added.