One dead, two hurt in rare shooting in Marrakech | News | Al Jazeera

One dead, two hurt in rare shooting in Marrakech

Moroccan authorities search for suspects after deadly confrontation in popular tourist area.

    Two assailants wearing balaclavas shot the victim in the head at La Creme cafe [AFP]
    Two assailants wearing balaclavas shot the victim in the head at La Creme cafe [AFP]

    One man was killed and two others have been injured in a popular tourist area in Marrakech, in what Moroccan authorities said was a local matter of settling scores.

    Two assailants wearing balaclavas shot the victim in the head at La Creme cafe in the Hivernage area on Thursday night, before fleeing the scene on a motorcycle, authorities said. The motorcycle was later found burned elsewhere in the city.

    The head of Morocco's counterterrorism unit, Abdelhak al-Khayam, told local media that the shooting, which took place near an area close to several hotels popular with tourists, was "not a terrorist act".

    In a statement on Facebook, Prime Minister Saadeddine Othmani wrote that the hunt for the attackers was ongoing.

    Othmani had previously announced on Twitter the arrest of two people connected to the shooting, but later deleted that tweet.

    The Maghreb Arab Press said that the two injured people were transferred to the Marrakech University Hospital Centre for treatment.

    The man who died was a 26-year-old medical student and son of a high-ranking official at the Beni Mellal Court of Appeal, according to local media.

    Shooting incidents are very uncommon in Morocco, where few guns are in circulation.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera News


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    What obstacles do young women in technology have to overcome to achieve their dreams? Play this retro game to find out.

    America's Guns: Secret Pipeline to Syria

    America's Guns: Secret Pipeline to Syria

    How has the international arms trade exacerbated conflict in the Middle East? People and Power investigates.

    I remember the day … I designed the Nigerian flag

    I remember the day … I designed the Nigerian flag

    In 1959, a year before Nigeria's independence, a 23-year-old student helped colour the country's identity.