Morocco arrests suspected Islamic State members


Moroccan security authorities have arrested five Islamic State suspects in the northern city of Nador, the interior ministry says.

The suspects are believed to have had orders to carry out attacks against the country’s state institutions, the ministry said in a statement.

They also planned to target “a sensitive site” in the city of Nador as part of their terrorist project, it added.

The north African country has seen a growing threat from the Islamists terror group.

The ministry said it has dismantled 31 terrorist cells since 2013 and foiled “numerous terrorist plans” targeting vital national, Arab and Western interests.

The dismantling of the cell is part of Morocco’s proactive efforts to face terrorist threats, the ministry added.