Sunday, May 8, 2011

The alleged perpetrator of the attack in Marrakesh and was arrested in Portugal, Syria and Libya

The three men already in their hands Morocco and accusing them of preparing and executing the terrorist attack in Jemaa El Fna for eight days are linked to the extremists of Al Qaeda, one of the theses that were considered from the outset and has confirmed this morning the kingdom's interior minister Alawi Cherqaoui Taieb.

According to police sources reported Efe, the alleged perpetrator of the attack has been identified as Adil El Otmani, and colleagues as Batar and Abdelhakim Abdesamad The Edah. All their thirties and have been arrested in Safi, about 150 miles away from Marrakech. Residing in the town where the popular district of Dar Bouauda, where police presence is massive.

In Cherqaoui press conference, which lasted only ten minutes and did not accept questions from reporters, the minister said that the three men are old friends of the police. Cherqaoui defined as Salafi jihadist ideology and the alleged perpetrator of the bombing of the Café Argana-open from the 80 - had been arrested earlier in Portugal and Syria when he tried to travel to Chechnya in 2004 and Iraq in 2007, respectively, but their attempts were unsuccessful and returned to Morocco.

Later in 2008, the three attempted to travel to Iraq but were surprised by the Libyan authorities. Cherqaoui also explained that the bombs detonated in the Argana weighed 6 to 9 kilos, which were activated directly from your mobile and carried out the attack until it hid the explosives in the house of his parents.

The minister recalled that the blow took the life of 16 people, many of them tourists from different nationalities and mostly French-and left behind 26 wounded. This afternoon, however, the death toll has risen to 17 dead, after the death of a 25-year-old Swiss was injured in the attack.

The terrorists, according to Moroccan authorities "had chosen another coffee first village square ocher but finding that Argana was full of tourists, he changed his first choice. It was late yesterday when it learned of the arrests. The Home Office claimed last night that the perpetrator had been initiated in the manufacture of explosives on the Internet, produced two bombs detonated remotely in Argana, a space with a large influx of Moroccans and foreign tourists (received up to a thousand visitors in high season ), where he found posing as tourists.

According to the statement of Interior, the three-to be presented to the courts, and apparently had a history of recruiting fighters for Iraq. Preliminary investigations have uncovered traces of explosives products and tools which jettisoned after the execution of the attack. Morocco has been supported by specialized police units to combat terrorism in different countries like France and the United States.

Last Friday, made their appearance on the scene members of the Spanish Scientific Police. Men prepared to cover major catastrophes and the experience behind them having worked in the Madrid bombings of March 11. The main witness in this case is that John van Leeuven Dutch tourist, who left with her partner, the Café Argana minutes before the explosions.

Questioned by police Thursday night after failing to find the suspect among the victims of the attack, helped agents build a composite picture. The attack has already become the bloodiest since the suicide attacks in Casablanca in May 2003. The King Mohammed VI ordered the same day of the attack on the Interior and Justice to initiate a transparent investigation to clarify the causes of the attack as quickly as possible and inform the public.

The attack on the Jemaa El Fna has occurred at a time of reform in Morocco, since the movement opposing the system of the February 20 start to manifest itself earlier this year demanding greater democracy, a parliamentary monarchy and curb corruption in the country. In response on March 9, the King Mohamed VI gave a speech in which he pledged to reform the constitution to give more powers to the prime minister and Parliament, as well as working for an independent judiciary.

Three weeks ago, also saw the largest Morocco pardon the reign of Hassan II's successor, when he received a royal pardon more than 190 defendants, most Islamists. Some sectors within Morocco have linked the bombing of Marrakech with an attempt to impede such reforms, something that is quick to deny the Moroccan authorities.

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