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29 April 2011 - Media release

INTERPOL condemns Morocco terror attack, offers full support to investigation

LYON, France – INTERPOL has condemned Thursday’s attack on a café in Morocco in which at least 14 people were killed and more than 20 injured, and pledged its full assistance to national authorities in their investigation into the incident.

Following the suspected suicide bombing at the Argana café in the main Djemaa el-Fna square in Marrakesh, INTERPOL’s Command and Co-ordination Centre (CCC) at its General Secretariat headquarters in Lyon, France immediately contacted its National Central Bureau in Rabat to offer the world police body’s support.

Describing the attack as ‘senseless and deplorable’ INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble condemned the apparent targeting of innocent tourists ‘in the strongest possible terms.’

“Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with the family and friends of those killed and injured, and INTERPOL will ensure that the Moroccan authorities investigating this terrible attack have the full support of the global law enforcement community,” said Secretary General Noble.

“I have spoken with INTERPOL Vice President for Africa, Mr Mostapha Mouzouni to assure him personally that INTERPOL’s global resources and expertise is at their disposal,” added the INTERPOL chief.

With foreign victims among the casualties, INTERPOL has offered expert assistance from its Disaster Victim Identification specialists in addition to support from officers in its Public Safety and Terrorism unit.

All requests for assistance and information from Moroccan authorities are being treated with the highest priority by the CCC which operates 24-hours-a-day in all four official INTERPOL languages - Arabic, English, French and Spanish.

If requested, INTERPOL can also issue one of its colour-coded international notices to alert law enforcement around the world about the modus operandi behind the attacks, or to obtain additional information about individuals in relation to the investigation or to seek the arrest of persons wanted in connection with the attacks.