Moroccan security services have detained a 23-year-old man suspected of being affiliated with the ISIS terrorist group in Dakhla, southern Morocco. According to a statement by the General Directorate for Territorial Surveillance (DGST) the arrest is part of the ongoing security procedures to address the threats posed by terror groups seeking to undermine Morocco’s national security.
Initial investigation indicate that the young man is a native of El Hajeb, a town near Fez. According to the DGST, he pledged allegiance to the leader of ISIS and was actively engaged in preparing terrorist plans.
The DGST, in coordination with security services operating in Dakhla, put the suspect in custody for further investigation conducted by the Central Bureau of Judicial Investigations (BCIJ) to understand the nature of the plots in question and identify any potential links in Morocco and abroad.
The statement highlighted that the operation shed light on the increasing terror threats that Morocco continues to face, as more people become influenced by the extremist ideologies pushed by radical groups.
Security services continue to carry out similar operations throughout the years, with the latest in October, when the BCIJ arrested four ISIS affiliated suspects in separate operations in different cities including Tangier, Tetouan, and Inzegane Ait Melloul – for their alleged involvement in the preparation of terrorist operations.