Morocco’s BCIJ Arrests Tangier Mechanic on Charges of Making Explosives

Moroccan security forces patrol the streets of Casablanca

Rabat – Morocco’s Central Bureau of Judicial Investigation (BCIJ) arrested  a mechanic assistant on Thursday on charges of making explosive devices. BCIJ made the arrest in Tangier.

Authorities found explosive materials inside the house of the suspect. BCIJ placed the suspect in custody for further investigation to determine links to other possible  suspects.

In October 2018, BCIJ arrested an engineering student with alleged ties to ISIS who planned a terror attack with an explosive belt. In the same year, the judicial police laboratory of Casablanca analyzed DNA in 761 cases related to fire and explosives.

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Throughout 2018, BCIJ raided houses of suspects with alleged links to terror groups.

Since its creation as a counter-terrorism office in 2015, BCIJ has dismantled 59 terror cells, 51 of which had ties to ISIS according to the head of the office, Abdelhak El Khiame.

El Khiame added that BCIJ is encountering fewer terror cells due to BCIJ’s efforts.

BCIJ has arrested 918 people for terror-related crimes, including 14 women and 29 minors. El Khiame noted that 98 percent of the people arrested in Morocco in terror-related cases are Moroccans.