Moroccan authorities say they have arrested seven people suspected to be jihadists with links to Islamic State. They were aged between 22 and 28, and are suspected of planning terrorist acts, according to the Central Bureau of Judicial Investigation (BCIJ).
The suspects were arrested in the coastal town of Sale, near Rabat, in a raid led by the bureau’s anti-terrorism squad. Following the raid that led to their arrests, electronic devices, bladed weapons, and “extremist” documents, were found.
In the past few weeks, the authorities in Morocco have dismantled several ISIS-affiliated terror cells with the most recent a Moroccan arrested a man believed to be planning an attack in Seville, the southern Spanish city known for its Easter processions
Morocco has been spared large-scale jihadist attacks since a 2011 bombing in Marrakesh’s famed Jamaa El Fna Square that killed 17 people, mainly European tourists.