Morocco: a suspected member of the IS arrested in coordination with the FBI

The Moroccan counter-terrorism police announced that they had arrested on May 6, 2022, with the support of the American FBI, a man suspected of being enlisted in the jihadist organization Islamic State with a view to perpetrating “terrorist acts” in Morocco.

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In Morocco, a suspected member of the Islamic State organization was arrested on Friday May 6 in Berkane, in the northeast of the country.

The announcement was made by the anti-terrorism police.

This arrest was made in coordination with the FBI.

According to Rabat, the man planned to carry out terrorist attacks on Moroccan soil. 

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This engineer, who operated in Berkhane, managed, according to the Central Bureau of Judicial Investigations, " 

on a communication platform, a group closed to extremist objectives and projects, aimed at enlisting and recruiting sympathizers

 ".

This 37-year-old man is suspected of having wanted to carry out terrorist acts in the country.

According to the anti-terrorist police, he would have planned to commit attacks against Moroccan and foreign personalities on Moroccan soil.

“ 

The outlines of his terrorist project have been revealed on the basis of research and joint technical investigations with the FBI, the American federal police

 ”, indicates the Central Bureau of Judicial Investigations in a press release (BCIJ).

An arrest before an important meeting

In the same press release, the BCIJ stresses " 

the importance of bilateral, joint and advanced cooperation with the United States in the field of the fight against terrorism

 ".

This arrest comes a few days before an important meeting.

On Wednesday May 11, the international anti-Islamic State coalition, co-chaired by Morocco and the United States, is to meet in Marrakech. 

According to Rabat, more than 2,000 terrorist cells have been dismantled in 20 years in the country. 

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