A funeral was held in Rabat, Morocco, yesterday (July 12) for 20 of the 92 people killed in the abortive attempt on King Hassan's life on Saturday (July 10).
A funeral was held in Rabat, Morocco, yesterday (July 12) for 20 of the 92 people killed in the abortive attempt on King Hassan's life on Saturday (July 10). Those buried were loyalist army officers and non-commissioned officers killed while saving King Hassan from the 1,400 army cadets and rebel officers who staged the coup. King Hussein of Jordan--who has himself survived attempts on his life--was at the full military funeral with King Hassan.
SYNOPSIS: The army is in full control in Morocco following the abortive attempt on King Hassan's life on Saturday. Roadblocks, meanwhile, were set up throughout Rabat--the Moroccan capital - to prevent any trouble during Monday's funeral for 20 of the 92 people killed during the assassination attempt. They died during bloody fighting at the Royal Palace during a birthday party for King Hassan, when 1,400 army cadets and rebel army officers attacked the gathering.
King Hussein of Jordan, who has survived several assassination attempts on his own life, was at the funeral with King Hassan. The 20 victims buried were loyalist army officers and non-commissioned officers who died while saving King Hassan's life on Saturday. They were given a full military funeral with honour.
The country's Minister of Interior General Mohamed Oufkir, has been given joint responsibility with another minister for restoring order and discipline in the armed forces Meanwhile, ten of the most senior rebel officers who led the coup were executed by firing squad on Tuesday, the day after this funeral for their victims. Most of the cade whom they led in the abortive coup have been returned to barracks Three generals among the executed rebels were Governors of three of Morocco's six military regions. Reports from Rabat indicate that they tricked the cadets into the attempted coup by telling them they were going on manoeuvres, and late saying they had to invade the Palace to PROTECT King Hassan from assassination.
There was no trouble during Monday's funeral for the loyalist soldiers.