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Moroccan Authorities Say Suspected Bombing Mastermind in Custody


Moroccan officials say police have arrested two men suspected of leading a gang that has carried out recent suicide bomb attacks in Casablanca.

Authorities say the men are thought to be involved with explosions in the city last week and in March.

Saturday's arrest comes shortly after two suicide bombers detonated their explosives belts in Casablanca, killing only themselves but wounding a woman nearby.

Police say the attacks occurred on the street where the U.S. cultural center is located.

Authorities identified one of the dead bombers as Mohamed Maha. They say they also arrested another bombing suspect who was armed with an explosives belt.

It is not clear if the suspected gang leaders arrested are linked to Saturday's attack.

On Tuesday, a man blew himself up when police burst into an apartment as part of an investigation into a March 11 suicide bombing at an Internet cafe in Casablanca that wounded four people.

A second suspect was shot to death before he could detonate his explosives. A third man fled and later blew himself up.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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