Five people suspected of preparing a terrorist plot were arrested Saturday, September 12 in Essaouira by the Central Bureau of Judicial Investigation (BCIJ).
According to a statement from the Interior Ministry, a large arsenal was seized; “four automatic pistols, a machine gun, 7 tear gas , three electric batons.” Authorities also seized a “large quantity of ammunition and suspicious materials that can be used in the manufacture of explosives off white weapons”.
This “terror cell” whose members “adopt the bloody line of the so-called Islamic state terrorist organization” was active in three locations: Beni Mellal, Sidi Allal Bahraoui and Tinzouline, under Zagora, the source said.
They had planned to “commit acts of sabotage targeted in the Kingdom before joining Daech camps,” the statement added.
Among the five people arrested, three were in a “a safe houses in Essaouira,” according to the communiqué. The investigation is continuing under the supervision of prosecutors, the statement said the Interior Ministry.