The Central Bureau of Judicial Investigation (BCIJ) dismantled on Monday a terrorist cell composed of 10 women linked to the Islamic State (ISIS-Daesh) terrorist cell active in the cities of Kenitra, Tan Tan, Sidi Slimane, Salé, Tangier, Oulad Teima, Zagora and Sidi Taibi (near Kenitra), said the Interior Ministry.
This operation, which is part of efforts to counter ISIS terrorist threats, also led to the seizure of chemicals likely to be used in the manufacture of explosives, the Ministry said in a statement, adding that these products will be submitted to the competent services for scientific expertise.
The first elements of the investigation revealed that the suspects, who pledged allegiance to the so-called emir of the “Islamic state”, joined the hostile agenda of this organization by seeking to obtain products used in the manufacture of explosive devices with the aim to carry out suicide operations against sensitive facilities in Morocco, following the conduct of the brother of one of them who had committed a similar operation in Iraq at the beginning of the year, and of other women who had committed large-scale suicide attacks in several countries, the statement said.
The suspects, some of whom have family ties with Moroccan fighters in the ranks of the “Islamic state” and with some supporters of extremist Islamist groups, coordinated, as part of this destructive project, with elements of Daesh “external operations” unit active on Syrian and Iraqi soil, as well as with elements related to this organization who are active outside the area of concentration in Iraq and Syria, the same source added.
They will be brought before justice after the completion of investigations conducted under the competent public prosecutor’s office.