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Police free Moroccan bomb suspect
The man was arrested during a hunt for terror suspects that started on Tuesday.
Last Modified: 12 Apr 2007 18:04 GMT
Three suspects blew themselves up on Tuesday, while a fourth was shot dead by police [AFP]  

Moroccan police have said a man arrested on Thursday in a Casablanca district where four suspected bombers were killed earlier this week had no links to terrorism and was not the fifth member of a cell.
 
"An examination of the man's situation confirmed that he has no link with terrorist acts," the police were quoted as saying.
The police said the man, Rajad Khaled, was released after an identity check showed he was not from the Hay el Fida district where three suspected suicide bombers blew themselves up on Tuesday following a raid in which a fourth was shot dead.

Earlier, a government official and a witness said the man had been arrested on suspicion of being the fifth member of the cell.

That cell was part of a bigger group that police have been looking for since March 11, when the suspected leader of a suicide squad detonated his explosives belt in an internet cafe to stop police arresting him, police sources said.

New blast was 'false alarm'

The government and security officials have denied earlier reports that a bomb had exploded in Fida, a working-class neighbourhood of Casablanca, earlier on Thursday.
 
Three suspected suicide bombers blew themselves up on Tuesday following a raid in which a fourth suspect was shot dead, police sources said.

 

Chakib Benmoussa, the Moroccan interior minister said late on Wednesday he suspected three to four members of the group might still be on the run.

   

An increase in extremist activity across the Maghreb in recent months has raised fears of a coordinated campaign by armed groups wanting to establish Islamic rule in the region.

   

On Wednesday, the Algeria-based al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb claimed responsibility for bombs in the capital Algiers that killed at least 30 people.

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