Morocco: Meknes bomber identified
The would-be suicide bomber who blew himself up on Monday morning near a bus carrying tourists in the city of Meknes has been identified, a police official has announced. Hisham Dokkali, an engineer, detonated a small-size gas cylinder containing hand-made materials. The 30-year-old had no "extremist precedents," the same source added, according to MAP.
The official conveyed this "individual act" is a desperate attempt by "terrorist individuals" in the face of the state of alert of the security services which have tightened security measures to face up to terrorism. The bomber, who was heading towards the bus in a densely populated neighborhood, could not attain his goal thanks to the vigilance of the driver.
He lost his arm following the blast and was carried to the hospital in a serious condition. The incident left no victims or material losses. Moroccan security services have opened an investigation and are currently looking for two other individuals who were seen talking to the man prior to the incident.