Moroccan Police Busts Terrorist Cell Recruiting Women To IS
The Moroccan Police have busted a terrorist cell operating in the northern cities of Fnideq, Sebta and Melillia as well as in Barcelona and specializing in recruiting and sending volunteer women holding the dual Moroccan-Spanish nationalities to the Islamic State organization (IS) in Syria and Iraq, the Interior Ministry said in a statement on Tuesday.
Two leaders of the terrorist cell were arrested in Fnideq and five other accomplices were arrested in Sebta, Melillia and Barcelona in the operation, described as a proactive one to face the terrorism threat, carried out in coordination with the domestic intelligence agency (DGST) and the Spanish security services, the statement said
Investigations show that the women were active in the recruitment of female volunteers which would undergo jihadist indoctrination in secret meetings before being sent to IS to be used for suicide attacks or be married to fighters of the terrorist group.
The cell members are in contact with some Moroccan IS fighters who plan terrorist attacks in Morocco, the same source said.
The defendants will be brought before justice for further investigation under the supervision of the General Prosecutor, the statement concluded.
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