The minister told reporters late Friday the bomb was detonated remotely, in a style normally used by the terrorist organization. The blast tore the facade off a two-story cafe in Jemaa el-Fna square — a bustling tourist destination in the heart of Marrakech. Authorities say at least 10 foreigners were among the dead, many of them French citizens.
Morocco was rocked by a series of Islamist extremist attacks in 2003 that left 45 people dead, including 12 suicide bombers.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Thursday described the bombing as a cowardly attack and offered U.S. assistance. U.N. Secretary Ban Ki-moon said he was “appalled” by the bombing and said “no political objective justifies or is served by such heinous acts.”