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Istanbul, Turkey – Moroccan Interior Ministry said Friday that police forces arrested a “terrorist cell” belonging to the Islamic State (IS/ISIS).
The suspect cell has been recruiting jihadists to fight on behalf of ISIS in Syria and Iraq, according to Moroccan authorities.
“In cooperation with competent authorities, the Moroccan intelligence agency has been monitoring movements of a network of eight jihadist suspects since nearly two weeks,” the Ministry said in a statement on Friday.
According to the Ministry, the cell members were active in several Moroccan cities, including Casablanca (ed-Dar el-Biḍa), Tangier, Salé and Jarf.
The group has been recruiting Moroccan citizens, transferring them to Turkey, and coordinating with mediators who help them cross the border line illegally into IS-held Syrian territory.
“Subsequent to the Attorney General’s investigation, it is expected that the accused will be referred to the court.”
Moroccan authorities emphasized that other jihadist networks may still exist in Morocco, adding that investigations will continue until eliminating such groups from the country.
Dozens of radicalized Moroccan citizens have joined the ranks of the IS extremist group in Syria and Iraq, some of them hold senior positions in the group.
Reporting by: Mustafa Hamed
Source: ARA News