Saturday, April 30, 2011

Morocco follows the trail of Al Qaeda in the attack in Marrakech

Washington/Marrakech/Barcelona.- The track of radical terrorism of Al Qaeda is one of the possible scenarios you work with the police and the Moroccan secret services to find the culprits who bombed yesterday in the Marrakesh Café Argana, whose explosion killed 15 people, mostly tourists and most of them French nationals.

As reported by Moroccan and French media sources in Rabat and Marrakech, the trail of Al Qaeda is one of the priority "because the terrorist attack aimed at tourist sites to gain international echo." The Moroccan Minister of Communication and Government Spokesman, Khalid Naciri, has said this morning in Rabat who are following all leads, including Al Qaeda in the attack this past Thursday in the tourist heart of Marrakech.

The incident took place at the famous Café Argana, located in the Jemaa el Fna Square, declared World Heritage by UNESCO in 2001. The explosive device used in the attack was triggered at a distance, Efe reported an Interior Ministry source. For now, nobody has claimed the attack against Morocco, which revives the psychosis in the North African country after the attacks he suffered in Rabat against Spanish interests seven years ago Al Qaeda because of Spain's collaboration with the U.S.

and UK in the Iraq war. After the attack in Marrakesh, the track of groups that work with Al Qaeda becomes more important especially after it became known that the victims are mostly French. Indeed, Al Qaeda has threatened on several occasions in recent months in France for the measures taken in the neighboring country and led by Nicolas Sarkozy as the law banning the Burqa in the streets or the French military involvement in Afghanistan.

The attack yesterday in Marrakech has prompted the international community to condemn "forcefully" the facts and act in solidarity with Morocco and the families of the victims. The U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, has strongly condemned the terrorist attack "cowardly" against a tourist café Jemaah el Fna square in Marrakesh, Morocco, that killed 16 people.

The U.S. Embassy staff is working with the Moroccan authorities for additional information on the attack, reports EFE. "The United States offers its full assistance to the Moroccan government as they investigate this attack and bring those responsible to justice," he added. Regarding the origin of the attack, the Moroccan interior minister said it was "an act of terrorism caused by an explosive device that caused a strong explosion." Cherkaoui added that "this conclusion was reached after preliminary investigations conducted by the security services," noting that work in identifying foreign victims.

For its part, "U.S. condemned in the strongest terms the terrorist attack that killed and injured innocent people in a cafe in Marrakech, Morocco," said U.S. diplomat in a statement. "We extend our deepest sympathies to the victims of this cowardly attack and we support the Moroccan in this difficult time," Clinton said.

The head of the Department of State said that "terrorism can not be tolerated, wherever and whenever they occur." Panic in the tourist plaza of Marrakech The Security Council United Nations has also condemned in strongest terms the terrorist attack. In a statement issued Thursday, the international organization noted: "All forms of terrorism are criminal and could not be justified," reports the French news agency AFP.

Sixteen people were killed, the last two in the hospital, and another twenty were wounded in the attack that hit the tourist heart of the city of Marrakesh in southern Morocco, according to latest figures released by the official news agency MAP . According to police sources told Reuters at least two of the dead are Canadians, while a spokesman for the French Consulate in Marrakech explained that also died a yet unknown number of French citizens in the attack.

So far, only the Dutch government has confirmed the existence of one of his countrymen among the dead, through its Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Two others were seriously injured Dutch. The Embassy of Spain in Morocco said that "there is no indication of casualties Spanish." Hypotheses about the attack on the other hand, the Interior Minister said that the wounded have been taken to hospital Ibn Tofail University, the Ibn Sina military hospital and two private clinics.

A specialized medical team kept informed families of the victims and offers all the necessary psychological support, and has also been made available to those affected a number of telephone support. Shortly before noon, a high-intensity explosion was heard throughout the medina (old town) of Marrakech and destroyed a coffee plant Argana and even affected premises were outside the square.

Police sources said that the scene would have found a "foreign object", which would strengthen the argument of an attack. The causes of what happened are still unclear, and now is considering the option of a suicide bomber had detonated an explosive inside the coffee, or that a young man had left a backpack on the premises and they have been abandoned before the deflagration, local radio reported, quoting witnesses.

One of the worst attacks suffered by Morocco's King Mohammed VI, who surprised the explosion in the city of Fez, where he chaired a Council of Ministers urged to inform the public of the findings of investigations, said in a statement Royal Cabinet released by the official news agency MAP.

Following the Council of Ministers, a Moroccan government delegation headed by Naciri Cherkaoui and moved to the Jemaah El Fna square and then to hospitals where the wounded. Also, the monarch, he expressed his condolences to the families of the victims, reported that bear the funeral expenses of the deceased.

A recent afternoon, the Moroccan police remained blocked near the cafe where the blast occurred while troops forensic police were still gathering evidence on the responsibility for the attack. However, despite what happened, the rest of the square and had resumed normal activity and the adjacent streets of the medina again to be populated with tourists and merchants.

The on Thursday is the largest attack in Morocco since May 16, 2003, when a string of suicidal acts in the city of Casablanca killed 45 people, including five Spanish.

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