Investigation continues in Morocco blasts

Moroccan authorities investigating the bombings that left 41 dead in Casablanca last week linked a local group to an unnamed international network.

    Moroccan authorities continue to
    investigate theCasablanca blasts

    Justice Minister Mohamed Bouzoubaa told reporters that bodies of eight of the 13 assailants who killed 28 civilians have been identified with the help of a 14th would-be bomber who is co-operating in the probe, he said.

    On Monday, Egyptian security officials said that the Egyptian citizen suspected in the Casablanca attacks, is a member of an extreme Islamic movement.

    Police have arrested more than 30 people in connection with the deadly attacks in which six foreigners were killed - three French nationals, two Spaniards and an Italian.

    Bouzoubaa said investigators had linked the assailants to a banned Moroccan Islamic group, Assirat Al Moustaqim (The Straight Path), and that some had arrived in Morocco "recently from a foreign state," without naming the country.

    Prime Minister Driss Jettou vowed that the authorities would hunt down the culprits "wherever they are."


     

    Moroccan King Mohammed VI
    at one of the bombing sites

    "Morocco will not bow to terrorism and its perpetrators." The authorities will use "the appropriate method that will allow them to be punished quickly and firmly," Jettou said on state television.

    On Sunday, Moroccan King Mohammed VI visited three of the five sites hit in the bombings, as well as the main hospital handling the scores who were wounded in the attacks.

    It was the first such attack in the North African country.


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