Morocco’s BCIJ Arrests 6 ISIS-Linked Terror Suspects Near Casablanca, Northern Morocco

BCIJ units seized several shotguns, automatic pistols and multiple packets of ammunition during the operations.

Morocco’s BCIJ Arrests 6 ISIS-Linked Terror Suspects Near Casablanca, Northern Morocco
BCIJ seized several knives and shotguns during an operation to dismantle terror cells near Casablanca and Chefchaoun in Northern Morocco on Friday, October 25. Photo Credit: 2M

By Safaa Kasraoui –

Oct 25, 2019

Rabat – Morocco’s Central Bureau of Judicial Investigation (BCIJ) dismantled two ISIS-linked terror cells in Dar Bouazza near Casablanca and Chefchaouenon on Friday, October 25.

The first operation took place in Dar Bouazza, a coastal town in the Casablanca-Settat region.

The BCIJ seized weapons including knives, ammunition, and materials used to manufacture explosives. The security services also confiscated ISIS flags during the operation.

BCIJ operation to dismantle a cell
BCIJ seized several knives and shotguns during an operation to dismantle a terror cell on Friday, October 25 Photo Credit: 2M

BCIJ arrested two suspects aged 26 and 27 during the same operation, according to Moroccan television channel 2M.

The second operation took place in an informal township called “douar Bouabid” in Dar Bouazza. During the operation, the BCIJ staff arrested a third suspect aged 20 years.

The BCIJ arrested two more ISIS-linked suspects in Chefchaouen on Friday, October 25. The two suspects have links to ISIS.

 The suspects were plotting attacks in Casablanca and Ouazzane, northern Morocco.2M reported that the BCIJ staff arrested six suspects in total during the three operations.

Morocco’s BCIJ dismantled dozens of cells throughout the year. The latest operation took place on September 5, when the BCIJ members dismantled a 5 member terrorist cell linked to ISIS in Nador and Berkan, two cities in Eastern Morocco.

Morocco’s BCIJ conducted several similar operations as part of Morocco’s strategy to counter terrorism, dubbed successful by many international partners including the US.

Morocco introduced the BCIJ in 2015 to monitor security threats across the country. The BCIJ also assist foreign security agencies to combat terrorism.

Last year, the US Department of State report on  Country Reports on Terrorism said that Morocco assisted the Spanish investigation following the August 2018 attacks in Barcelona

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