Morocco has reported to have ripped apart an ISIL cell in the country that was planning to launch attacks across the country. The disruption of the cell was after the country’s security forces conducted operations in various cities in the country among them the capital Marrakesh.
Moroccan authorities confirmed that the men were between the ages of 19 and 37 and were targeting to kill the public and military figures.
In addition to arresting the suspect the police recovered; mobile phones, computers, handguns and ammunition.
The militants are said to have pledged allegiance to the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and to Baghdadi and they call their cell Wilaya of the Islamic State in the Far Maghreb and is purported to recruit people to fight in Syria and Iraq.
The cell is suspected to have smuggled weapons from Spanish territory of Melilla into the Northern Morocco from where they are disputed across and were to be used in the ambushed attack.
Spanish and Moroccan authorities working together have been able to disassemble the smuggling network that subsequently led to the dismantling of the ISIL cell.
The men who were arrested are said to have locally trained but they were in direct communication with ISIL leaders.
The parts of the thwarted plan also involved the attack on soldiers to acquire better weapons, behead and burn them to send a message.
This operation on the ISIL in morocco where quite a good number of young people have travelled from to Syria and Iraq to join ISIL is a clear evidence of the effectiveness of intelligence, strategic planning and co-operation with neighbor states in the war against the Islamic State group and other terrorist groups.