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Death penalty for four over Morocco attacks

A court in Morocco sentenced four men to death yesterday for their role in three co-ordinated bomb attacks in Casablanca which killed 45 people, including a dozen suicide bombers. The four were found guilty of planning the simultaneous bombings on 16 May that ripped through a packed Spanish restaurant, a five-star hotel and a Jewish community centre in the city. The government blamed the attacks on the Salafist Jihad, which has been linked to al-Qa’ida. Two of those sentenced to death, Mohamed Omari, 23, and Rachid Jalil, 27, admitted they were the only survivors from the 14-member suicide squad that set off from the shanty-town of Sidim Moumen on the outskirts of Casablanca with home-made explosives stuffed into backpacks. Also sentenced to death were Yassine Lahnech, a 22-year-old street vendor who was accused of indoctrinating recruits to Salafist Jihad, and Hassan Taoussi, who was charged with membership of the group. Full Story

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