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Moroccan tourist cafe terrorist attack leaves at least 15 dead
15 September
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Moroccan : A suspected suicide attack blew apart a well-known tourist cafe in the Moroccan city of Marrakech on Thursday killing at least 15 people, including 11 tourists, and injuring at least 20 more. There were unconfirmed reports that one of the dead was a British tourist.

If the bombing is the work of Islamists, it will be their first major attack in Morocco since 2003, when a spate of suicide bombings in the commercial capital, Casablanca, killed more than 45 people.

At around 11.50am the blast ripped through the second story of a cafe overlooking Marrakech's Jamaa-el-Fnaa square, the most popular tourist spot in the old imperial city at the foot of the Atlas mountains.

The Argana cafe, lauded in guidebooks for its panoramic view, was blown apart by the force of the explosion, its second storey reduced to mangled wreckage. Witnesses described the blast sending people flying from their chairs.

The square, normally full of tourists and local vendors and storytellers, was swept up in panic as ambulance crews recovered dismembered bodies from the debris. A photographer described "shredded bodies" being pulled from the cafe. There were gruesome injuries at the city's main hospital, where at least 20 wounded were being treated.

Boris Thiolay, a journalist for the French weekly L'Express who was in the square at the time, described a deafening explosion. "We all jumped, then we saw a plume of black smoke rise above the restaurant and the souk."


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