Interpol offers to help probe Morocco attack

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The international police agency Interpol condemned a bomb attack on a Morocco tourist cafe Friday and offered to help local authorities hunt down those responsible.

At least 16 people were killed on Thursday, most of them foreign tourists, when a bomb ripped through a crowded eatery in the historis city of Marrakesh.

Interpol Secretary General Ronald Noble decribed the attack as "senseless and deplorable" condemned the apparent targeting of innocent tourists "in the strongest possible terms", according to a statement.

"Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with the family and friends of those killed and injured," he said.

"And Interpol will ensure the Moroccan authorities investigating this terrible attack have the full support of the global law enforcement community.

"I have spoken with Interpol Vice President for Africa, Mostapha Mouzouni to assure him personally that Interpol's global resources and expertise are at their disposal," he added.

The agency, which coordinates the work of national police forces around the world, offered to send experts in identifying the corpses of blast victims and officers from its public safety and terrorism unit.

© 2011 AFP

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