Briton dies in Morocco explosion, Foreign Office says

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A British man was among the 15 people who died in a bomb attack on a cafe in Marrakesh, Morocco, on Thursday, the Foreign Office has said.

While it has yet to officially confirm the man's identity, he has been named by Moroccan officials as Peter Moss.

The website of the UK's Jewish Chronicle newspaper said Mr Moss, 59, was one of its former writers.

The Foreign Office said that next of kin have been informed and his family has been given consular assistance.

At least six of the other people killed in the attack were French, according to the French interior minister. Two Canadians, an Israeli, one Dutch national and two Moroccans were also killed.

No group has so far said it carried out the attack in the major tourist spot.

However, a video attributed to al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (Aqim), seen posted on the internet on Friday, included a threat to Morocco three days before the blast, according to the AFP news agency.

Stay away

Two Marrakesh residents - who were near the cafe in the Djemaa el-Fna square - had told Reuters news agency that the blast was carried out by a suicide bomber.

But Morocco's interior minister Taieb Cherkaoui later confirmed that it was set off by a remote-controlled device.

He added: "Initial inquiries have shown that an explosive product made up of nitrate and ammonium and two TATP (triacetone triperoxyde) explosives, and also with nails."

The Foreign Office is advising Britons to stay away from the area of the attack.

Foreign Office Minister Alistair Burt said: "An FCO [Foreign and Commonwealth Office] rapid deployment team arrived this morning to supplement our team in Marrakech.

"They are co-ordinating closely with the Moroccan authorities, including to determine whether other British nationals could be amongst the victims.

"The UK stands with Morocco during this difficult time. We stand ready to provide whatever support may be needed in forthcoming investigations, and will continue to support Morocco's important reform agenda."

The Jewish Chronicle said Mr Moss was an award-winning broadcaster, comedian and journalist.

The BBC's Laurie Margolis, a friend of Mr Moss, said the writer "enjoyed a growing reputation with his humorous and laconic writing style".

Mr Moss had grown up in an affluent Jewish family and lived in Edgware, north-west London, Mr Margolis added.

"Discontented with managing the family's property interests, he reinvented himself twice, first as a stand-up comic, then as a travel writer."

Mr Moss was a father of two children in their twenties.

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