Death sentence for four Moroccans involved in Casablanca suicide bombing attacks
A Moroccan court on Tuesday sentenced four people to death for involvement in Casablanca suicide bombing attacks in May that killed more than 40 persons.
The four were convicted of plotting to blow themselves up in the May 16 attacks in the coastal city of Casablanca, the AP reported.
Death sentences were handed down to Mohamed El Omari, 23, Rachid Jalil, 27, Yassine Lahnech, 22 and Hassan Taousi - three of whom were believed to have aborted their own suicide missions.
They were among dozens of defendants in a trial of suspected members of a secret Moroccan group, the Salafia Jihadia. Moroccan authorities have linked the group to Osama bin Laden's al-Qaeda network. The other defendants received sentences ranging from 10 months in jail to life imprisonment, the French news agency AFP reported.
Meanwhile, Hamid Mouhriz, a 34-year-old man, died Friday in a Casablanca hospital, after a three-month struggle with injuries contracted during the May 16 attacks, MAP reported.
Mouhriz was the 45th victim of the attacks.
On Friday, Morocco's King Mohammed VI issued instructions to extend a Royal donation to Mouhriz's family. (Albawaba.com)
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