Terrorism News Africa
According to Al-Jazeera news service, “Moroccan authorities have stepped up security following Thursday’s bomb blast at a cafe in Marrakesh in which at least 16 people were killed, including 11 foreigners.”
Intelligence and anti-terrorism personnel from French fly to Marrakesh on Friday to help in the investigation.
Police are attempting to to restore calm in the iconic Jamaa el-Fna square, a cultural heritage site visited by hundreds of tourists each day.
Initially AFP news agency said, “According to the information I have, it could have been perpetrated by a suicide bomber.” Yet, today the agency reports that Moroccan officials believe that the bomb was set off remotely. The officials say, “Initial inquiries have shown that an explosive product made up of nitrate and ammonium and two TATP (triacetone triperoxyde) explosives, and also with nails.”
British travel writer Peter Moss, two Canadians, an Israeli, one Dutch national and two Moroccans were killed.
No terrorist group has yet claimed credit for the attack. However, according to BBC, “a video attributed to al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (Aqim), seen posted on the internet on Friday, included a threat to Morocco three days before the Marrakesh blast.”
Morocco has remained relatively unaffected by the unrest in other parts of north Africa and the Arab world. There have been several protests and the king has pledged constitutional reforms.