Rabat – France continues to renew appreciation for Morocco’s security services, which helped the European country to prevent a terror attack on a church.
Morocco’s General Directorate of Territorial Surveillance (DGST) provided France’s counterterrorism services with information on an 18-year-old Moroccan woman who was planning an “imminent” terror attack.
The information from Morocco enabled France to thwart the attack and helped the European country to identify the suspect, who is not known to security services.
Police arrested the suspect of Moroccan origin over the weekend along with four other women.
Authorities in France ordered the release of the four other women, the suspect’s three sisters, and her mother after preliminary data showed their non-involvement in the case.
A source close to the terror attack investigation explained to AFP that Morocco’s information helped France solve the case.
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The source also expressed satisfaction with the “very confident cooperation” with Morocco.
During the main suspect’s arrest, police found products for manufacturing explosives, including sulfuric acid, hydrogen peroxide, and acetone.
Police also seized “handwritten notes evoking various projects of violent action.”
Officers also seized documents referring to ISIS.
During the operation security services also seized a “printed photograph” of Samuel Paty, a teacher who was brutally assassinated on October 16. An 18-year-old from Chechenya beheaded Paty after the teacher displayed caricatures of Prophet Muhammad in a class on freedom of expression.
A source close to the investigation identified the main suspect as someone from a “very precarious, desocialized environment.”
According to investigation data, the suspect is “very depressed, suicidal, but at the same time in a desire for hatred, revenge against the Republic and its institutions.”
She also talks a “lot about the state of Israel and churches.”
The prosecution intends to request keeping the main suspect in pre-trial detention.
“Places of worship are recurring targets of jihadist propaganda,” the source close to the investigation said.
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