RABAT, Sept. 9 (Xinhua) -- Morocco said Friday a recently busted terror cell with suspected links to the Islamic State (IS) group had planned a car bomb attack in the country, the interior ministry announced in a statement.
On Wednesday, Morocco said it busted a new IS-linked cell and arrested three suspects operating in the cities of Oujda, Casablanca and Fez for plotting attacks in the North African kingdom.
After testing the suspicious substances seized during a raid in a "safe hideout" of the cell near the eastern city of Oujda, investigators found chemicals used for making explosive devices, the ministry pointed out.
Preliminary investigations revealed that the suspects were planning a series of terrorist attacks in the eastern city of Saidia using a car bomb, it added.
According to the statement, the suspects were also planning to release a video tape to claim responsibility for their terrorist operations under the name of "supporters of the IS in Morocco."
The suspects will be brought to justice after the completion of the probe, it noted.
Morocco is facing a growing threat from the IS. Moroccan interior ministry revealed that since 2002, more than 160 terrorist cells have been dismantled, which had close ties with terrorist groups active in Iraq and Syria. Enditem