Incident Summary:

04/28/2011: On Thursday, in the Djemma el-Fna square in Marrakech Medina, Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz, Morocco, 17 people including eight French nationals, two Canadians, two Moroccans, one British man, one Dutchman, one Swiss man and one Portuguese were killed and 24 people including seven French, two Dutch, two Swiss, two Russians and two Tunisians were injured when Adil Al Athmani detonated two remote controlled improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in the Argana Café. Dressed as a hippie, wearing a wig and carrying a guitar, Adil Al Athmani carried the two IEDs, weighing 13 and 20 pounds, concealed in two bags into the Argana café. Adil Al Athmani then detonated the IEDs shortly after he left the Argana café. The IEDs were made of PETN, TATP, Ammonium Nitrate and nails. The café sustained a considerable amount of material damage. No group has claimed responsibility, but the militant group Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb was thought to be responsible for the attack.

GTD ID:
201104280004

When:
2011-04-28

Country:
Morocco

Region:
Middle East & North Africa

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz

City:
Marrakech Medina

Location Details:
The attack occurred in the Argana Café in the Djemma el-Fna square in Marrakech Medina, Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz, Morocco.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity
Specific Description Civilians
Nationality of Target Algeria
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity
Specific Description Civilians were targeted.
Nationality of Target France
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity
Specific Description Civilians were targeted.
Nationality of Target Netherlands
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Other Explosive Type
Weapon Details
Two homemade explosive devices placed in bags and detonated using a cell phone werre used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 17 Fatalities / 24 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 17
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 24
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Sources
"Xinhua News Agency, "Qaida Denies Link to Marrakesh Bomb in Morocco: Report," Xinhua News Agency, May 07, 2011, http://news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/world/2011-05/07/c_13863828.htm."
"Al Jazeera, "Al-Qaeda Denies Role in Morocco Cafe Blast," May 08, 2011, http://english.aljazeera.net/news/middleeast/2011/05/201157211841813188.html."
"New York Times, "Morocco Cafe Bomb Suspect Posed as a Hippie," New York Times, May 06, 2011, http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2011/05/06/world/africa/international-us-morocco-attack-suspect.html?ref=world."