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Photos of Fidel Castro published on pro-government blog

By the CNN Wire Staff
The blog claimed the photos of Fidel Castro were taken during a "surprise" appearance on Wednesday.
The blog claimed the photos of Fidel Castro were taken during a "surprise" appearance on Wednesday.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • If true, it would be Castro's first public appearance since he left power in 2006
  • Blog photos apparently show Castro making "surprise visit" at government science center
  • Cuban government was not immediately available to comment on photos' authenticity
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  • Cuba

Havana, Cuba (CNN) -- Images appearing to show former Cuban President Fidel Castro surfaced Saturday on a pro-government blog, which claims the photos were taken Wednesday.

The set of three photos apparently show the 83-year-old ailing Castro meeting with people during "a surprise visit" at the National Center of Scientific Investigations in Havana, according to a blog published by columnist Rosa C. Baez.

An additional five photos -- appearing to be from the same event -- were published Saturday by the state-run media site Cubadebate.

The Cuban government was not immediately available to comment on the authenticity of the photos, and CNN's attempts to reach the Havana-based blogger were unsuccessful.

It would be the first public appearance made by the former Cuban leader since he stepped down from power in 2006 to undergo intestinal surgery.

Raul Castro was formally elected president in 2008.

 
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