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Investigators in Casablanca attacks seek to confirm al-Qaeda link

Moroccan authorities were all but certain that the al-Qaeda network was behind the bloody spate of suicide bombings that hit Jewish and international targets in Casablanca, and were striving to confirm the link. The five nearly simultaneous attacks Friday evening on Jewish and foreign targets bore the hallmarks of Osama bin Laden’s organization, but Communication Minister Nabil Benabdellah said that “concrete proof” of the link remained elusive. “To say right now that al-Qaeda is behind these attacks would be to state things of which we are still not altogether certain,” he told French radio on Monday. “We will be affirmative on these questions as soon as we have concrete proof,” he said. The synchronized bloodletting in the north African country’s economic capital came four days after a triple suicide bombing in Riyadh and amid fears that a resurgent al-Qaeda was planning fresh strikes in the wake of the US-led war on Iraq. Full Story

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