The Moroccan government said today that five suicide bombings here Friday night that cost 41 lives appeared to have been the work of a Moroccan organization with international terrorist links. Mohammed Nabil Ben Abdallah, the minister of communication and the government’s chief spokesman, characterized the suicide bombers as “young kamikaze commandos” mostly in their 20’s, adding, “We are convinced that they are part of a cell with direct ties to an international network located on international soil.” As to whether that meant Al Qaeda, the terrorist network of Osama bin Laden, Mr. Ben Abdallah said, “While it would be premature to say that Al Qaeda was responsible until we have clear proof, my personal opinion is that we’re talking about a network of this scope.” Mr. Ben Abdallah, who spoke in an interview in Rabat, also cited a taped message, said to be from Mr. bin Laden and broadcast in February on Arab television, that included Morocco on a list of “apostate” Arab nations. Full Story
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