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Morocco suspect dies in custody


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A series of blasts ripped through downtown Casablanca.
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CASABLANCA, Morocco (CNN) -- A suspected ringleader in the deadly suicide blasts in Casablanca earlier this month has died of heart and liver problems while in detention, the city's prosecutor said.

The prosecutor added the man died Tuesday while being questioned by authorities. An autopsy has been scheduled for Thursday.

The five nearly-simultaneous blasts killed 42 people and injured more than 100 others. At least 13 bombers were among the dead, authorities said.

However, two suspected bombers survived and were arrested by police.

Moroccan authorities issued Saturday a wanted notice for four others in connection with the attacks.

The explosions were at a Spanish social club, a major hotel, a Jewish cemetery, a Jewish community center and the Belgian consulate.

The United States said it suspected the al Qaeda terrorist network was involved in the blasts. Moroccan authorities said they believed the bombers were Moroccans who had been trained abroad.

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.


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