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Morocco arrests three in bombing probe

Four others named in connection with attack investigation

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Goumara Kebir and Mokhtar Baoud are two of the three men Moroccan police captured for suspected involvement in the attacks.

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A series of blasts ripped through downtown Casablanca.
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RABAT, Morocco (CNN) -- Moroccan authorities have arrested three men in connection with the terrorist bombings May 16, the Interior Ministry said Saturday.

The country also issued a wanted notice for four others in connection with the probe into the attacks, the ministry said.

The string of near-simultaneous bombings killed 31 people in addition to 12 suicide bombers, Moroccan officials said. The death toll includes a Spanish businessman and Moroccan teenager who died Friday of wounds suffered during the attack, officials said.

More than 100 people were wounded in the explosions at a Spanish social club, a major hotel, a Jewish cemetery, a Jewish community center and the Belgian consulate.

Moroccan authorities said they also have two people in custody who had planned to take part in the suicide attacks.

Justice Minister Mohamed Bouzoubaa said in a statement Saturday that the trial of "several persons suspected of involvement" in the attacks will begin next week.

In a separate statement carried on Morocco's state news agency, Maghreb Arabe Presse (MAP), the Interior Ministry said Moroccan police have captured three of the nine people the government named Wednesday as wanted individuals.

The statement names the three as Mokhtar Baoud, Goumara Kebir, and Aziz El Houmani.

The four people named in a new wanted notice issued Saturday are as Hamid Farki, Abdallah Nabil, Brahim Achiri and Tuofik El Hanouichi.

No further details were given about the men, some of whom the government said also go by aliases.

Nearly all the dead are Moroccans. There were no American casualties.

FBI investigators have been in Morocco aiding the investigation.

The Casablanca attacks came four days after a string of near-simultaneous car bombings struck Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, killing 25 people -- including eight Americans -- in addition to the nine suspected suicide bombers.

An "anti-terrorism march" is planned for Sunday in Casablanca. The government said the event will "express Moroccans' denunciation and condemnation of the terrorist attacks."


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