Allah guarantees Paradise to those who “kill and are killed” for him (Qur’an 9:111).
“Blast kills 14 in Marrakesh cafe,” from AFP, April 28 (thanks to Block Ness):
MARRAKESH, Morocco (AFP) — A powerful blast ripped through a cafe in the Moroccan city of Marrakesh on Thursday, killing 11 foreigners and three Moroccans in what authorities suspect was the work of a suicide bomber.
“According to the information I have, it could have been perpetrated by a suicide bomber,” an official in the regional governor’s office told AFP.
“We found nails in one of the bodies,” added the official, who was in a hospital where some of the bodies were taken.
And an interior ministry official said that indications pointed to a terror attack on the Argana cafe in the main square of Marrakesh, a favourite haunt of foreign tourists.
But there were contradictory reports on exactly how the blast occurred.
One witness who was inside the cafe but escaped unscathed said: “An individual entered, ordered an orange juice and a few minutes later blew himself up.”
But another witness, quoted by several Moroccan radio stations, said the bomber dropped a suitcase and immediately walked out of the cafe….
Last January, Moroccan Interior Minister Taib Cherkaoui said 27 suspected terrorists recently arrested in the country’s south had ties to Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), an Al-Qaeda-linked regional offshoot, and to Europe-based. [sic] …
Cherkaoui then said the network had planned bank robberies in Casablanca and Rabat “to finance its terrorist actions.”
And his ministry said the network was led by “a Moroccan national who is a member of AQIM and who wanted to create a rear base in the country for terror attacks.”