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Dismantling of pro-Islamic State cells in Morocco highlights increasing indigenous jihadist activities, raising terrorism risk

13 March 2019

On 1 March 2019, Moroccan authorities arrested a suspected jihadist in Fez. According to local media, the militant was suspected of being an Islamic State member and an expert in manufacturing improvised explosive devices (IEDs) who was planning to mount an attack, the details of which were not specified by authorities. According to the police, his house was being used as an IED-making workshop, where remotely operated IEDs, explosive belts, and grenades were seized. This followed a series of counter-terrorism operations in recent months by Morocco's Central Bureau of Judicial Investigation (BCIJ), which included the dismantling of a 13-member jihadist cell active between Sale and Casablanca; authorities accused the cell of planning attacks targeting security and tourist sites across the country.

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