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King Mohamed comforts Marrakesh survivors

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King Mohamed comforts Marrakesh survivors


King Mohamed VI of Morocco visited Marrakesh on Saturday, to see for himself how the famous Jamaa el-Fnaa square wore its wounds and mourned its 16 dead.

The effects of Thursday’s bomb were everywhere, like the wrecked Arcana cafe at the centre of the explosion police say was criminal in nature.

The King was shown recovered metal debris that had been packed around explosives to cause the maximum damage in this tourist haunt.

“The nature of the explosive is a mixture of ammonium nitrate and TATP products, things you can basically find on the market anywhere in the world, and easy to make explosives with”, said forensic police chief Sayer Taoufik.

Security was ultra-tight for the King’s visit, which after a few minutes at the square moved on to a hospital where the injured were being treated.

He left behind mourners for whom this place may never be the same again.

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