Moroccan Army units, continuing their hunt for suspects implicated in the attempted weekend coup, were reported to have closed the port of Casablanca on Monday night.
Moroccan Army units, continuing their hunt for suspects implicated in the attempted weekend coup, were reported to have closed the port of Casablanca on Monday night. The following morning, there was an unusual absence of activity in parts of the docks that could be seen from the perimeter.
Meanwhile, in Rabat, scene of earlier raids in the hunt for coup suspects, traffic flowed through the streets and market areas were doing normal business. About 650 prisoners have been taken by troops in their mopping-up operations. Four generals and six other officers were executed for their part in the abortive coup against King Hassan.
SYNOPSIS: Rabat, Tuesday -- the day set for the execution of leaders of the weekend coup against King Hassan of Morocco. Four generals and six other officers were due to face the firing squad at an army camp just outside the capital. But in the city itself -- scene of earlier army raids in the hunt for coup suspects -- life was back to normal. In the previous mopping-??? operations, Royal Army troops had brought the total number of prisoners to at least six-hundred and fifty. Nearly all of them were young Army school cadets. King Hassan has said they were misled into taking part in the attempted coup.
The important routeway to the Casablanca docks was unusually quiet on Tuesday. Reports coming from the Moroccan port the previous night spoke of the Army closing of the dock area, and hunting of further coup suspects attempting to flee the country. Later in the day, the government released official casualty figures suffer??? during the attack on King Hassan seaside palace. it showed that the mutineers killed ninety two people and wounded a hundred and thirty eight - may of the guests being entertained at a party marking the King's birthday.