Friday, May 6, 2011
Rabat ~ the name for the capital of Morocco is also interestingly ~ the name of the building or area, constructed or set aside ~ so that the early jihadists ~ the first wave, those who brought these lands under Islam, could rest up, pray and launch further attacks. When an areas was taken for Islam a rabat was built ~ according to Muhammad's instructions. In North Africa the Berbers put up a fierce ~ there was one woman famously remembered for her part in battling the invading Islamic and mercenary troops. But in the end it was the mountainous people, those of the Atlas mountains who held out the longest. That Rabat is the name of the country's capital, was probably used as an area ~ as refuge for the then Islamists ~ to carry out running battles with resisting tribes and to weed out any non-Muslim practise in the surrounding areas.
Although they are all Berbers [according to the CIA Factbook - Algeria] ~ but those who call themselves Berber are still holding out somewhat today. When they try to give their children a traditional Berber name the state doesn't register the birth unless they are given one of the allotted Islamic names.
Rabat - The terrorist who killed 16 people in Marrakech on April 28 used two bombs weighing a total of 15 kilogrammes, which he set off with a mobile phone, Morocco Interior Minister Taieb Cherkaoui said Friday.
The minister was providing details of the attack against a cafeteria popular among foreign tourists, for which a total of three people have been arrested.
The main suspect is a Moroccan follower of al-Qaeda who had been planning trips to Chechnya and to Iraq to carry out attacks, Cherkaoui said.
However, he did not reach either destination, but was sent back to Morocco after being arrested in Portugal in 2004 and in Syria in 2007.
The suspect found work in the port of the city of Safi and established close relations with the two other suspects, with whom he made a vain attempt to travel to Iraq via Libya in 2008.
The man then decided to act in Morocco itself, choosing Marrakech because of its popularity among tourists.
He prepared the attack for six months, studying how to make explosives through books and the internet.
He made two bombs weighing 6 and 9 kilogrammes each, which he kept at home.
He had considered another Marrakech cafeteria before finally choosing the Argana establishment, in a central part of the city.
The man entered the cafeteria pretending to be a client and left there a bag filled with explosives, which he set off remotely using a mobile phone, Cherkaoui said.
The two other men were suspected of involvement in the attack, the minister said, without giving more details.
The Moroccan government has pledged maximum openness about the attack after being criticized over its handling of the 2003 Casablanca suicide bombings that killed 45 people.
The Marrakech attack killed 16 and injured 21 people, most of them foreigners.
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Posted by Cole at 7:37 AM