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Tuesday, 16 August 2022 09:48 GMT

Morocco Foils ISIS Planned Suicide Car Bombing

(MENAFN- Morocco World News) Moroccan security forces have successfully foiled an 'Islamic State' (ISIS) planned suicide car bombing that would have hit an unspecified city in the kingdom Abdelkhalik Khiame head of the Central Office of Judicial Investigation (BCIJ) announced in a press conference on Friday morning.

'We have dismantled a terrorist cell that would have carried out a targeted operation today' Khiame said according to a report by Alyaoum 24.

'From a legal point of view it can be considered a terrorist cell but I regard it as an armed commando and a veritable brigade.”

The dismantled terrorist cell was planning to use a 16-year-old minor as a suicide attacker who would have detonated a car. Khiame said that this was the first time security forces have foiled a plot that would have involved a minor.

Though Khiame did not specify the targeted city he said that the cell aimed to attack public institutions and civil and military personalities.

He said the cell also had larger plans to use weapons from Libya to establish a training camp 20 kilometers away from the Saharan city of Tan-Tan.

“Coordination with Polisario elements remains plausible” Khiame said.

News of the foiled terror attack comes following of the arrest of a ten-member ISIS cell on Thursday. A press release from the BCIJ said Moroccan forces confiscated gas bombs weapons and explosive chemical substances from the cell’s “safe house” in the coastal city of El Jadida.

The Ministry of the Interior also released a statement about the “constructive” nature of Moroccan security endeavors in recent years on Thursday. In total the country’s intelligence services dismantled 153 terrorist cells since 2002 including 31 ISIS affiliated cells since 2013.

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