Rabat - Authorities in Fez have arrested three undocumented Cameroonian residents in Morocco, on suspicion of robbery and the murder of a guard at the Kissariat Laalj mall in downtown of Fez, located in the center of the city. The arrests were made on Saturday morning.
Rabat – Authorities in Fez have arrested three undocumented Cameroonian residents in Morocco, on suspicion of robbery and the murder of a guard at the Kissariat Laalj mall in downtown of Fez, located in the center of the city. The arrests were made on Saturday morning.
Following the incident, which caused an uproar among the inhabitants of the city, Morocco’s General Directorate of National Security (DGSN) issued a communiqué, saying that one of the suspects was arrested while in possession of a knife, sharpened iron tools and a number of cell phones and tablets inside a bag, adding that these confiscated properties constitute proof that they were obtained during the stated robbery of three shops.
The investigations later revealed that the mall guard was murdered. According to the communiqué, he was found chained and strangled after the transgressors put a piece cloth in his throat. He died while he was being referred to hospital and was taken to the morgue ahead of an official autopsy.
The two other suspects were arrested at the Fez bus station while they were attempting to leave the city, the communiqué added. They are currently being held under the supervision of the Public Prosecutor.
A video, filmed by Chouf TV, shows mall retailers denouncing the tragic incident, which they said has not happened since the inauguration of the Kissariat Laalaj in the 1980s.
Video of the incident, which occurred at 3 a.m., shows the place where the guard was being held, laying on his stomach. The burglars proceeded to strangle their captive by pushing a piece of cloth into his throat to suffocate him, according to a man who appears speaking in the video.
Afterwards, the murderers raided the shops for mobile phones and tablets, as shown in a video recorded by a surveillance camera.
Owners of the shops victimized wonder if they have a guarantee for their stolen property, saying that this is an unprecedented burglary. The perpetrators accessed the mall via the terraces of their houses.
“They stole a property valued at MAD 40 million from a retailer,” a man in the video said. “They stole the box of money from another one.”