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Pardoned convicts arrested over Casablanca blast

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Pardoned convicts arrested over Casablanca blast


Police in Morocco have arrested nine people overnight in connection with Sunday’s suicide bombing in Casablanca. According to local media, seven of those held had been convicted of attacks in the same city four years ago that killed 45 people.

But they had since received royal pardons, which are granted by the King to mark national or religious holidays. Sunday’s attack happened in an internet café in a poor suburb of Casablanca. Some reports say the real targets were hotels and police and army bases in the city and that two would-be bombers were online to receive their last instructions. When confronted by the café‘s owner one of the men detonated an explosive belt, killing himself and injuring four including his associate who was wearing a similar device and was later arrested.

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