In connection with the investigation opened by the French justice after the murder of a French tourist in the south of Morocco, in turn, Belgium announced to open one for “attempted assassination in a terrorist context”
The Belgian federal prosecutor’s office announced on Thursday February 20 that it had opened an investigation into “attempted murder in a terrorist context” after the stabbing of a Belgian national on Saturday in Agadir, Morocco.
On Wednesday evening, the French anti-terrorist justice had opened an investigation for “assassination in connection with a terrorist enterprise” after the murder also on Saturday of a French tourist, not far from there in the south of Morocco.
The same man for both cases
Both cases were attributed by the Moroccan police to the same suspect, a 31-year-old man arrested the same day in Agadir.
“Faced with these two facts, the Moroccan judicial authorities have decided to open a case for terrorism”, said Thursday, February 20 the Belgian federal prosecutor’s office, which says it works in close collaboration with the French and Moroccan justices.
Moroccan investigators had already said they suspected “a terrorist motive for the crime” concerning the murder of the French tourist, a 79-year-old woman killed in a Tiznit market with a knife.
Regarding the attack on the Belgian national, also with a knife, the federal prosecutor’s office specifies that it took place “Saturday at the end of the day in Agadir”.
This 65-year-old woman, who resides in Morocco, “is severely injured” but “her life is not in danger”, indicates the prosecution, in a press release, citing “local doctors”.
The investigations were entrusted to the anti-terrorist section of the federal judicial police of Charleroi.
The suspect in the two attacks had spent a month this fall in a psychiatric hospital,
Following the murder of the French tourist, the French government, via its embassy in Morocco, “recommended to be vigilant in all public places and when traveling in Morocco”.
The suspect of the two attacks perpetrated on Saturday a few tens of kilometers apart had stayed for a month this fall in a psychiatric hospital, according to the Moroccan police.
He will be the subject of a new psychiatric expertise.