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Al Qa'eda denies blame for Marrakesh attack

Al Qa'eda in the Islamic Maghreb released a televised statement saying that it is "in no way involved" with the attack that killed 17 people, mostly foreigners.

NOUAKCHOTT // Al Qa'eda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) denied all responsibility for last month's deadly bomb attack in Marrakesh, Morocco, in a statement put out by a Mauritanian news agency Saturday.

"We deny any link to this explosion and declare we are in no way involved in this operation," said the Friday-dated statement in Arabic carried by the Nouakchott News Agency (ANI).

Moroccan authorities had pointed the finger at AQIM after the blast in a cafe in the popular tourist city which killed 17 people, most of them foreigners, on April 28.