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Six French among 16 killed in Marrakesh blast

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Six French among 16 killed in Marrakesh blast


The Moroccan government says police investigating yesterday’s deadly bombing in Marrakesh will follow all lines of inquiry, including any possible al-Qaeda involvement.

At least 16 people were killed when the explosion tore through a cafe overlooking Jamaa al-Fnaa square. It is a spot often packed with tourists. At least six of the dead were French.

One resident said: ‘We condemn this criminal act. People live happily in our city, this kind of thing isn’t common here.’

One witness said the bomb was detonated by a suicide attacker though no group has said it did it.

Security experts though said the initial signs seem to indicate it was the work of Islamist extremists.

Yesterday there was a rally in the centre of Marrakesh rejecting terrorism and demanding that extremists leave Morocco alone.

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