The authorities of Morocco and Spain announced on Wednesday (4) the joint dismantling of a cell of the jihadist group Islamic State composed of four members.
According to the Central Office of Judicial Investigation (BCIJ), the cell leader was arrested in Spain, while the other three members were detained in Nador province in northeastern Morocco.
These three members of the network were arrested in Farjana and Beni Nsar, and one of them is the brother of a jihadist active in fighting in the region between Syria and Iraq.
At the same time, Spanish police arrested in Guadalajara, near Madrid, a 31-year-old Moroccan man who is considered the leader of the cell, with a strong activity on social networks and message groups aimed at distributing multimedia material in favor of IS.
Among the material stored and released, the detainee in Guadalajara had videos extolling the organization and its leaders. The images incite jihadist terrorism with images of explicit IS violence, as well as provide instructions for making homemade explosives and bombings.
According to the Moroccan authorities, the four prisoners, aged 24 to 39, "had joined the propaganda campaigns of IS bloody acts in retaliation for the death of the alleged head of this terrorist organization.
Investigators also found that the Guadalajara detainee had organized nightly meetings at homes in the Spanish city of Melilla, on the African continent, and in Moroccan locations near the Spanish border.
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