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Saudis Link 4 in Bomb Plot to Al Qaeda

Four suspects apparently linked to Al Qaeda have been arrested on suspicion of having advance knowledge of the three lethal bombings here last week, the Saudi interior minister said today, and three of the suicide bombers have been identified as members of a cell uncovered just days before the attacks. The comments by Prince Nayef bin Abdel Aziz were the strongest official confirmation to date that Al Qaeda, the worldwide terrorist network founded by Osama bin Laden, may have guided the attacks here. From the beginning, though, the pattern of the attacks — with three nearly simultaneous explosions at separate locations — was seen as a strong indication of Al Qaeda’s work. In Morocco, the same pattern unrolled in Casablanca, with five deadly explosions on Friday night. There, too, investigators rounding up dozens of suspects were grappling with the question of whether it was a Qaeda operation or something more distinctly domestic. Full Story

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