At least six French dead in Morocco attack: minister

29th April 2011, Comments 0 comments

At least six French citizens were among those killed in a bomb attack on a tourist cafe in Morocco and seven more were wounded, French Interior Minister Claude Gueant said on Friday.

"At the moment, with the information we have, there are reportedly, and I say this with reserve, six French nationals who died and seven who were wounded," Gueant told journalists.

A French government source earlier gave the same death toll, but said 10 French citizens had been hurt in the blast, which ripped through the crowded eatery on the Jamaa el-Fna, a popular square in the historic city of Marrakesh.

Moroccan authorities have said 15 people were killed in Thursday's blast.

Morocco is a former French protectorate and still a hugely popular tourist destination. Reports from within Morocco have spoken of up to eight French casualties among 11 foreigners slain in the explosion.

French prosecutors have opened a preliminary inquiry into the attack, and Paris has dispatched forensic investigators and anti-terrorist officers to help the Moroccan inquiry into its deadliest bombing since 2003.

© 2011 AFP

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