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'2,000 held' over Morocco bombs
Aftermath of Casablanca bombings, May 2003
The Casablanca attacks rocked the normally peaceful kingdom
Morocco has arrested around 2,000 people in connection with last May's suicide bombings in Casablanca, the justice minister said.

Mohamed Bouzoubaa told reporters some 2,000 people have been held in cases linked to terrorism since the attacks.

Thirty international arrest warrants have also been issued, state news agency MAP quoted him as saying.

About 45 people - 12 of them bombers - were killed in the suicide attacks, widely blamed on Islamic militants.

The bombers' targets in the 16 May 2003 attacks included a Spanish restaurant, a five-star hotel, a Jewish community centre and the Belgian consulate.

Mr Bouzoubaa's figure of those arrested was higher than the 1,200 provided by the head of Morocco's security services in an interview published last Saturday, Reuters news agency reported.

"As far as I know, only a dozen dangerous elements are still at large," the agency quoted General Hamidou Laanigri in French newspaper Le Figaro.

"Of course, attacks are still possible. We are not completely safe, even if the cleaning up operation is well under way," he is reported to have said.

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