16 ISIS Fighters Killed When Faulty Suicide Vest Goes Off During Meeting
*Senior figures were among those killed in the explosion in al-Mahaw
*The group had been planning a mission to attack Iraqi security forces
*It comes as ten members of a female ISIS cell were arrested in Morocco
A major terrorist attack by ISIS was foiled by a faulty explosive device before it had even began.
16 of their fighters, including senior figures, have reportedly been killed when the malfunctioning suicide vest went off in one of their meetings.
The terror group had been meeting in the village of al-Mahaws, 35km southwest of Kirkuk, to plan an attack on security forces in Iraq, according to Al Masdar News.
And it is not the first time this year that they have managed to accidentally take out their own troops, with around a dozen extremists being killed in eastern Afghanistan in March when they accidentally set off a bomb that they were trying to plant.
The terror group had been meeting in the village of al-Mahaws to plan a attack on security forces in Iraq (file image)
Just days ago, senior terrorism analyst Firas Abi Ali confirmed the prediction made by many, including ex-Foreign Minister Philip Hammond, that ISIS will be defeated by late 2017 is still well on course.
The news comes as Moroccan police arrested ten women who had allegedly pledged allegiance to the ISIS and planned to carry out suicide bombings across the country, authorities said Monday.
The all-female cell had ‘tried to obtain the chemicals used to make explosive belts’ and were planning to attack ‘vital installations’, the interior ministry said.
The women had built ‘close relationships with several Moroccan terrorists also affiliated with Daesh based on the Syrian-Iraqi border,’ it said.
The cell was recruiting and training women in several parts of the country including the tourist hotspot of Tangiers and towns close to the capital Rabat, the ministry said.
Rabat says more than 150 ‘terrorist cells’ have been uncovered since 2002, including dozens in the past three years with ties to jihadists in Iraq and Syria.
Just days ago, senior terrorism analyst Firas Abi Ali confirmed the prediction that ISIS will be defeated by late 2017 is still well on course (file image)
A study by the US-based Soufan Group said last December that at least 1,200 Moroccans had travelled abroad to fight alongside ISIS in the previous 18 months.
However, the kingdom, which espouses a moderate version of Islam, has largely been spared repeated jihadist violence that has in recent years swept other parts of the region.
But a 2003 attack in the economic capital Casablanca left 45 dead, while a 2011 attack at a tourist site in Marrakesh killed 17 people.