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Jihadist group claims responsibility for twin blasts on Moroccan beach that killed 48 people (Updates with French details)
Two bombs and a suicide bomber detonated outside a popular beach resort in Morocco, killing 48 people who were enjoying a holiday in the M솔레어 카지노editerranean, officials said today.
A Moroccan court handed the death penalty to Abdelhakim Belmaa, 37, the suspected ringleader of the bombing that rocked one of the world’s most exclusive cities last month.
Belmaa told police he did not intend to cause any other casualties, according to a court statement, but was believed to have intended to blow up the beach. A fifth suicide bomber tried to blow up the resort, but was struck by three of the bombs. The fourth bomb caused damage, but did not 청주출장안마 청주출장마사지detonate, as Belmaa had expected, the statement said.
It said the blast was caused by three suicide vest-wearing terrorists who were stopped by the police before they could leave the beach in Algiers, a city in northern Morocco.
The attackers, who were dressed as Egyptian Coptic Christians who were returning from the desert region of Sinai, shouted «Allahu Akbar» and the words «Allahu akbar akbar» before detonating the suicide vests. The first explosion had the capacity to cause «significant damage», the statement said.
Authorities were still searching fo바카라 룰r eight others from a suspected cell that the authorities said was planning similar attacks against the same resort in Marrakesh. They were to be charged today in connection with the Marrakesh attack.
One of the explosions caused significant damage to the Marrakesh city centre, a second detonated on the beach area and a third, which did not detonate, went off on a nearby street, according to the statement. The fifth suicide bomber also was struck.
Police launched an anti-terrorist campaign in March which targeted militant Islamic groups including Islamist terror group Al-Qaeda.
Police said they suspect the explosion was planned by the four assailants and carried out by Belmaa, who had been living in Morocco for the past several years.
The first blast struck about 5:15pm (local time), when six people were killed, a police spokesman said. Fourteen people were seriously injured and four cars were also badly damaged by the blast.
There were also about 60 people injured, mostly in Marrakesh.
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