Rabat - The Algerian army opened fire early Friday morning at two young Moroccan men in the Bouarfa region. One died of his wounds, while the other one was kidnapped by the army.
Rabat – The Algerian army opened fire early Friday morning at two young Moroccan men in the Bouarfa region. One died of his wounds, while the other one was kidnapped by the army.
According to the Moroccan news website Le360, which cited informed sources, the tragic incident took place at 5 am in the rural commune of Abbou Lakhal, a small town near the city of Bouarfa, in the northeast of Morocco.
The same source said that a man informed local authorities that his son and nephew were shot at by the Algerian army. He said that his son was unhurt, but was captured by the army, while his nephew was shot to death.
The Moroccan news website added that the victims were caught in the crossfire of a contraband smuggling across the border. The Moroccan authorities have reportedly opened an investigation about the incident.
There have been no official statements either by the Moroccan authorities or by Algeria.
This is not the first offensive and provocative act of the Algerian army against Moroccan civilians at the border of both countries. In 2014, Rizki Allah, a Moroccan citizen, was shot from across the border by a soldier on Algerian territory while was sitting near his house in the Al Araira Oulad Saleh neighborhood of Oujda.
The Morocco-Algeria border has been officially closed since 1994, when Morocco accused Algeria of having a hand in an extremist Islamist guerrilla attack that targeted a hotel in Marrakesh.