Dangerous criminal gang with ties to IS arrested in Morocco


RABAT - Seven members of a dangerous criminal gang specialised in theft were arrested Friday in Morocco, said the interior ministry.
The General Directorate of National Security (DGNS) coordinated with the Central Bureau of Judicial Investigations (BCIJ) the arrest of the criminal gang, including their leader who is a supporter of Islamist State group.
The criminal gang, which specialises in theft and spoliation, was active in Fez, El Jadida and Bni Drar near Oujda, according to the interior ministry.
The operation allowed the arrest of the leader of the criminal group, foiling his plan to join his wife and three sons and his wife to the conflict zones of Iraq and Syria.
The same source stressed that he intended to finance his trip with money from his criminal acts.
Weapons and suspicious substances used in criminal activities were seized during the operation.
The defendants will be brought to justice once the investigation is over.