Archive for April 14th, 2007

They were trying to flee from the police.

BBC NEWS | Middle East | New explosion rocks Casablanca

Two suicide bombers have set off their explosives in the centre of Casablanca, police in Morocco say. The police are quoted as saying the bombers killed themselves, and there are reports that a woman was injured. Saturday’s blast comes days after three suicide bombers blew themselves up and a fourth was shot dead in the city.

The three were wanted in connection with a 11 March bombing at an internet cafe in Casablanca. Fears of violence There are unconfirmed reports that three people have been arrested following Saturday’s suicide bombings in the city. One of the suspects was reportedly wearing an explosive belt Saturday’s explosion happened in Boulevard Moulay Youssef.

A US cultural centre and US consulate are on the same street. An AFP report quoting security officials said one of the two bombers asked a policeman for access to the cultural centre when questioned further the pair blew themselves up.

Dos terroristas se suicidan en Casablanca para escapar de la policía – 20minutos.es

Dos terroristas se suicidaron hoy al hacer estallar las bombas que llevaban adosadas a sus cuerpos cuando la policía les perseguía por el centro de Casablanca, informaron fuentes policiales marroquíes. En estas explosiones no ha habido víctimas mortales, según las fuentes, pero una transeúnte ha resultado herida, aunque su estado no reviste gravedad. Un tercer terrorista que huyó del lugar de los hechos, en el bulevar Mulay Yusef, de Casablanca, está siendo buscado por la policías. Los dos terroristas, dos hombres jóvenes, hicieron estallar las bombas tras señalar con el dedo al cielo, en un gesto que alude a Dios, relatataron varios testigos.

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I wrote here yesterday about them. But Yahel has more information of the operation:

When the cayuco was localised, the patrol ship tried to get nearer to intercept it. When they  approached, they found something totally surprising: the immigrants were waiting for them with cocktail molotovs which were thrown into the patrol ship. Considering the hostility and the danger, the agents decided to draw a zodiac near them to try to reason with the immigrants and explain them what the situation was and that their only intention was to rescue them and drive them back to Mauritania, their place of origin.

In this ocassion, the immigrants attacked the zodiac with sharp objects to prevent the intervention of the agents from the Civil Guard. Viewing this could drown the zodiac, the agents went back to the patrol ship, and the cayuco fleed to the Canary Islands.

The cayuco arrived at the harbour of Arguineguín in yesterday at midnight after being localised in the Gran Canaria waters. An agent for the Civil Guard flew from Mauritania to the Canary Islands and identified some of the attackers among a group of 57 illegal immigrants, 2 of them minors.

After being identified they are going to be flown back to Mauritania where they will be processed by the attack.

The Government from the Canary Islands insisted yesterday that the number of immigrants arriving there have descended by 60%. But they have certainly grown in violence. With the politics of the Socialist Government of soft treatment to all thugs, I think this behaviour is going to grow.

But then Deustche-Welle writes this: Spain gets rich on cheap immigrant labor.

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