15 Killed in Morocco Tourist Cafe Attack

Marrakesh bomb country's worst attack since 2003
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 29, 2011 1:42 AM CDT
A police officer stands at the scene of an explosion which rocked the Argana cafe in Djemma el-Fna square in Marrakesh, Morocco yesterday.   (AP Photo/Abdeljalil Bounhar)
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(Newser) – A bomb ripped through a tourist cafe in the center of Marrakesh, killing at least 15 people in Morocco's worst terrorist attack since 2003. The victims were foreign nationals, including six French citizens and a Canadian couple with roots in Morocco's tiny Jewish community. The attack was carried out by a suicide bomber, the Telegraph reports.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, although men claiming to be members of al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb threatened attacks on Moroccan interests in a video posted on YouTube last week. The nation—which was considered safe enough for Prince Charles and Camilla to tour earlier this month—has set up checkpoints at the entrances to main cities.

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