MOROCCO’S new Central Bureau of Judicial Investigation announced that it had found a major stash of weapons smuggled through the Spanish port of Melilla and into Morocco.
The haul, displayed at a press conference on Monday, included guns, ammunition and computers confiscated from a suspected jihadist group linked to Isis. The group, consisting of 13 individuals, was arrested in Moroccan cities including Agadir, Marrakesh and Tangiers.
Moroccan police believe the organisation was aiming to train Moroccan fighters for the conflict in Syria and Iraq and obtain better weapons for their fight. The head of the Central Bureau, Abdelkader Khiyam, said the group was also planning to kidnap soldiers, who they were later planning to kill by decapitating or burning them.
Moroccan and Spanish authorities have been working together on several operations to break extremist cells working in the two countries.