Morocco: police raid slum after suicide blasts

Two suicide bombers blew themselves up in Casablanca close to the city’s American Cultural Centre April 14—apparently causing no casualties other than themselves. (AlJazeera, April 14) After the blasts, the US consulate in Casablanca was ordered closed until further notice. (AKI, April 16) Police raided the city’s Sidi Moumen suburb, an impoverished district of slums and shanty-towns, arresting the third brother of the two boys who blew themselves up. The boys’ mother, Rashida al-Raidi, told AlJazeera: “My son is innocent. He is innocent. Shame on them [the police] for taking him away from us. He never left my side. And he is very young.” (AlJazeera, April 15)

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