Morocco blast kills 14
MOROCCO: A bomb attack at a crowded tourist cafe in the main square
of the Moroccan city of Marrakesh killed 14 people, mostly foreigners,
as world leaders denounced the "terrorist" act.
King Mohammed IV ordered an urgent probe after Thursday's attack, the
deadliest in Morocco since 2003, when 45 people including suicide
bombers perished in a string of coordinated bombings in Casablanca.
UN leader Ban Ki-moon condemned the "heinous" bomb attack with US
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton calling it a "cowardly" act.
A local official said the explosion at the cafe on the popular Jamaa
el-Fna square, a cultural heritage site that draws a million tourists a
year, may have been the work of a suicide bomber.
Interior Minister Taib Cherkaoui put the death toll at 14 - 11
foreigners and three Moroccans. Twenty-three people were wounded, he
Medical sources said eight of the dead were French.
A Dutch man died and two others - a man and a woman - were seriously
wounded in the attack, Dutch foreign ministry official Christophe Kamp
told AFP. An official at the Marrakesh prefecture said the midday blast
"could have been the work of a suicide bomber", adding: "We found nails
in one of the bodies."
But Cherkaoui would not confirm the theory. "I cannot say it was a
suicide bomber," he said.