Marrakesh’s Popular Café Argana Is Hit By Extremists’ Bomb

Café Argana in Marrakesh, Morocco
Above is the view from the Café Argana in Marrakesh, Morocco. Looking out over the always bustling Djemaa El-Fna town square, the souks and the city beyond. We took this picture when we visited the popular spot a few years ago.

The Café Argana, a favourite with both locals and tourists, was the target of a bomb on April 28, 2011 which killed at least 17 people and injured over 25 more. The cowardly act will definitely shake the confidence of tourists considering visiting the country, which has been one of the most politically stable and travelable countries in Africa and the Middle East for decades.

Originally assumed to be the work of an Al-Queda affiliate group operating in Algeria and Morocco, Al-Queda denied any part, and an independent group of local extremists were charged and found guilty of attack later the same.

Café Argana in Marrakesh, Morocco
The aftermath of the bombing on the Argana, with 13 tourists and 4 locals killed and many more seriously injured.

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