Towards noon, two explosions went off in public spaces of Laayoune, Western Sahar. In the midst of chaos, up to 20 fatal victims and dozens of injured have been reported by local authorities.
Few minutes after the incident, Al Qaeda in the Maghreb (AQIM) claimed responsibility for the attack through several online sources. Hassan Halloumi, spokesperson of Morocco’s Ministry of Interior, has been swift to accuse the Polisario Front, the Sahrawi opposition organization in Western Sahara, of collaborating with AQIM to carry out the attack. Sahara officials have strongly denied these accusations, restating their commitment towards an autonomous Sahrawi authority in Western Sahara.
The UN Security Council, which was reportedly close to reaching a resolution on the issue of Western Sahara, may ...Read More