Bri­ton named as vic­tim of deadly bomb blast

Writer among 16 killed in ex­plo­sion

Evening Express (Extra Edition) - - COMMENT -

BRI­TISH writer Peter Moss was named among the 16 vic­tims of a ter­ror­ist bomb that ripped through a busy tourist cafe in Morocco.

The Jewish Chron­i­cle said Mr Moss, 59, who used to write for the news­pa­per, had been killed in the blast in the pop­u­lar Djemma el-Fna square in Mar­rakech on Thurs­day.

Con­sular as­sis­tance was be­ing pro­vided to the next of kin, the For­eign Of­fice said, al­though it was un­able to of­fi­cially con­firm the death.

For­eign Of­fice Min­is­ter Alis­tair Burt said: “We be­lieve that a Bri­tish na­tional was among the 16 peo­ple killed.

“My thoughts are with their friends and fam­i­lies and all those af­fected by this dis­tress­ing in­ci­dent.

“We are in touch with next of kin and are of­fer­ing them full con­sular sup­port.”

He said an FCO Rapid De­ploy­ment Team had ar­rived in Mar­rakech and was work­ing with Moroc­can authorities.

“While we do not yet know the ex­act cause of the blast, re­ports from the Moroc­can authorities are that this may have been a re­sult of terrorism. An act of this kind, caus­ing the death of 16 in­no­cent peo­ple, is cruel and wrong, and I con­demn it in the strong­est terms,” Mr Burt said.

On its web­site, the Lon­don­based Jewish Chron­i­cle said Mr Moss had two chil­dren and had also worked as a broad­caster, co­me­dian and nov­el­ist.

Laurie Mar­go­lis, 60, a friend of Mr Moss, said: “He was an in­ter­est­ing guy. He rein­vented him­self twice.

“His fam­ily busi­ness was in prop­erty. Then 15 or 20 years ago he rein­vented him­self as a stand-up comic, and then as a travel writer.”

Mr Mar­go­lis knew Mr Moss be­cause their now adult daugh­ters were friends at pri­mary school. He added: “I imag­ine he was writ­ing a travel piece in Morocco.”

He said he be­lieved Mr Moss – who was di­vorced and is sur­vived by a daugh­ter Lucy, and a son Gideon – lived in west Hamp­stead.

Moroc­can of­fi­cials to­day said the de­vice had been packed with nails and set off re­motely.

EX­PLO­SION: The Argna cafe, on Djemma el-Fna square in Mar­rakech, was blown apart.

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