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52 in court over suicide bombings

Morocco began putting on trial 700 suspected Islamist radicals yesterday for suicide bombings which killed 44 people, including 12 bombers, in Casablanca two months ago. The first 52 appeared at a Casablanca court on charges of “forming a criminal band, acts against the security of the state, sabotage, homicide, and causing injuries”. Defendants lined up behind a bulletproof glass shield and a metal detector in the courtroom. The first called was Mohammed el Osmani, 24, a night-watchman who allegedly was meant to be a 13th bomber but who lost his nerve shortly before his colleagues blew themselves up at hotels, clubs and restaurants. Full Story

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