In Morocco reports indicate at least 14 people have been killed and 20 injured in a blast which ripped through a cafe in the tourist city of Marrakesh at midday. It is understood foreigners are among those who have been killed.
A Reuters photographer who was at the scene of the explosion in the city’s main Jamaa el-Fna Square reported rescue workers pulling dismembered bodies from the Argana cafe.
A statement from the Interior Ministry issued to the country’s main news agency said, “Early evidence collected at the site of the explosion indicates that it was a criminal act.”
Officials did not say if they suspected the involvement of militants.
One report said gas canisters caught fire inside the cafe on the second storey of the building overlooking the main square.
Marrakesh is known as the tourist capital of Morocco and the square is a popular haunt for visitors and street sellers.
Deadly 'criminal' blast rips through cafe in Marrakesh