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Tim Cullis 28 Apr 2011 15:19

~14 dead in serious explosion in Marrakech
 
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It isn't clear yet whether this is an accidental gas bottle/water heater explosion, or something more sinister, but given that this is peak tourism time in Marrakech and Djemma el Fna is the top tourist spot, one has to suspect the worst.

That's an awful lot of people dead from a single exploding gas cylinder. These things aren't that big and they tend to break into largish pieces, not enough pieces of shrapnel to kill that many people.

In the meantime, UK Foreign Office advice is for UK Nationals to KEEP AWAY from the square at the moment.

BBC report: BBC News - Morocco: Blast rocks Marrakesh's Djemaa al-Fna square

Cruzeta 28 Apr 2011 15:31

Portuguese media are also saying the blast was not accidental, it's a criminal hit.

priffe 28 Apr 2011 15:36

The Algerians say this is an act of terrorists. 11 tourists killed.
Maroc: explosion d'origine criminelle

Cruzeta 28 Apr 2011 15:41

Just saw a friend's post in Facebook where he says he called some friends there near the blast and they maintain the gas bottles version...

Maximus 28 Apr 2011 16:40

Thoughts to all involved and their families.....sad news, no matter what the cause.....does sound like a terrorist attack though.

Rui Pedro Tremoceiro 28 Apr 2011 17:06

Argana at Djema El Fnaa?!

I was there last saturday night. It was the place for an anniversary dinner!

Rui
Portugal

Knight of the Holy Graal 28 Apr 2011 18:53

Horrible.
My thoughts are with the victims' families.

fiatman 28 Apr 2011 19:18

Was there on tuesday and wednesday night for dinner, fantastic place. There but for the grace of god.

pictish 28 Apr 2011 21:10

There is now reports saying it was an attack possibly a suicide bomber and 2 french and 1 brit dead[not 100% confirmed]. ALong with several europeans and a canadian in hospital. The pictures do not look like a small gas cannister explosion thats one hell of a blast.

priffe 29 Apr 2011 02:36

They found nails in one of the bodies.
A man sat down and ordered an orange juice, and a few minutes later blew himself up.
The owner of Argana was seriously injured.
King Mohamed pardoned a number of prisoners including islamists a couple weeks ago.
Maroc : Marrakech secouée par un attentat - Monde - El Watan

priffe 29 Apr 2011 13:40

Snap Analysis: Cafe bombing hits at Morocco's economy | Reuters
Moroccan tourist cafe terrorist attack leaves at least 15 dead | World news | The Guardian
16 dead, 20 injured.

Tim Cullis 29 Apr 2011 15:10

Best analysis is from The View from Fez weblog.

jennabusa 29 Apr 2011 20:28

My thoughts go out not just to the bereaved, but also to all those who will suffer through the lack of income from tourism.

priffe 2 May 2011 17:19

Blogger analysis
Who bombed Marrakesh?

pictish 2 May 2011 18:01

Must admit rather strange no one has come forward taking out several western people is something that they would normally be jumping up and down about.


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