No group has yet claimed credit for the attack, but Islamic terrorists’ last major attack was a series of suicide bombings in Morocco’s commercial capital, Casablanca, in which more than 45 people were killed.
SKY NEWS – MARRAKESH: The blast ripped through the first floor of the Argana restaurant overlooking the Morocaan city’s famed Jamaa el Fnaa square. At least 20 other people were injured in the bombing, as well.
The explosion was a “terrorist” attack, Communications Minister Khalid Naciri said. Debris was strewn over a wide area, with the restaurant’s windows and roof partially destroyed.
Morocco and locations such as Marrakesh are heavily reliant on tourism to support the country’s fragile economy. Police and plain clothes security officials normally patrol the tourist magnet of Jamaa el Fnaa square, which is busy during the day and at night.
“I heard a massive blast. The ground and first floors of the building were destroyed,” said one local woman, who did not want to be identified. “Some witnesses said they have seen a man carrying a bag entering the cafe before the blast occurred.”