RABAT, Oct. 14 (Xinhua) -- Moroccan security services have arrested 11 people with suspected links to the Islamic State (IS) group, the Interior Ministry announced in a statement on Saturday.
According to the statement, the suspects were active in the neighboring northern cities of Fez and Meknes, in the economic capital Casablanca and in the central city of Khouribga.
Deeming the suspects as forming an "extremely dangerous" terrorist cell, the statement said they were plotting terror attacks in sensitive areas in coordination with an affiliate of IS.
The police arrested in a raid in the cell's safe-house in Fez the "suspected mastermind of the cell and one of his accomplices."
They also seized firearms, ammunition, knives, gas canisters, and chemical products used in bomb-making, it added.
According to Moroccan authorities, security services have busted around 50 terrorist cells, including over 40 with links to the IS group, since 2015.