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Maghreb bombs stir Middle East press
Rescuers inspect damage after a suicide attack in the centre of Algiers
The blast hit the PM's offices

Papers in the Middle East look at the return of bomb attacks to North Africa. Two Algerian dailies stress the difference between the latest incidents and violence there in the 1990s and feel that recognising this is crucial to dealing with it.

A Moroccan paper echoes this view and says linking the actions to international injustice could make such attacks a lasting feature of the region.

Papers elsewhere say the blasts show that tyranny and occupation are not the only causes, partly blaming Arab governments.

SALAH ELDINE IN ALGERIA'S AL-SHURUQ AL-YAWMI

The return of a series of bombings despite the significant steps taken by the Algerians towards national reconciliation brought panic back into the lives of the people who had thought they had turned a page in their history which had lasted for over 10 years.

AL-ARABI ZOUAQ IN ALGERIA'S AL-KHABAR

The only solution... lies in the authorities understanding the reality of the huge differences between the beginning of the last decade and the current situation. If they realize this, it will be possible to talk about solving the country's problems but most probably they won't and this is the real tragedy.

ABD-AL-HAMID AL-ANSARI IN MOROCCO'S AL-MAGHRIBIA

Defending Islam's reputation will not correct twisted attitudes unless words are accompanied by deeds... The language of justification that connects the terrorist act and political and international injustice... relieves us of responsibility but... will establish and solidify terrorism.

ABD-AL-RAHMAN AL-RASHID IN PAN-ARAB AL-SHARQ AL-AWSAT

Three years ago, local authorities [in Morocco] began pursuing these extremist ideologies directly by confiscating books and closing offices and thwarting those who call for hatred. Yet despite all this, Morocco remains a victim of this epidemic.

FAYSAL AL-BA'TUT IN QATAR'S AL-WATAN

When a suicide-bomber blows himself up in somewhere like Iraq or Palestine someone will find an excuse for him... but what about in a city like Casablanca whose purity is tarnished with the colour of blood? Once again terrorism strikes an unoccupied country... which shows that tyranny and even occupation are not the only cause of terrorism.

EDITORIAL IN EGYPT'S AL-AHRAM

There is no doubt that these attacks... do not serve Algerians who aspire to establish a developed society enjoying democracy, freedom and stability... Algerians are well aware of the cunning goals of those who imagine they are defending Islam... The unity of Algerians is stronger than any blasts.

DAWUD AL-BASRI IN KUWAIT'S AL-SIYASSAH

What have Arab governments really done to eradicate the sources of terrorism? The answer is nothing at all... Terrorism will always enjoy a presence for as long as governments and influential forces neglect it, it is mixed up with national liberation movements and there is a generation thinking as if it is in the first century of the Islamic calendar.

YUSUF AL-QUILIT IN SAUDI ARABIA'S AL-RIYADH

Political emptiness and the failure of all regimes, whether in the Arab or Islamic worlds, have left a rich breeding ground for conflicts between new trends. This leads to the division where Islamic extremists feel that every regime opposed to them is anti-Islamic and those believing that everything Islamic is divorced from civilization and the contemporary age.

ALI KHLAF IN IRAQ'S AL-ADALAH

Iraq has long warned Arab states near and far that they should... track down those stoking violence, sectarianism and terrorism in Iraq, not just for Iraq's sake but for the sake of these states as well.

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