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The attack on the aircraft of the King of Morocco 1972 (part 2) 

Left to right: Mohamed Oufkir, Mohamed Meziane, Kettani Benhamou, Driss Ben Omar, Forum FAR Maroc 

On 10 July 1971, the Moroccan army carried out a failed coup against the king in the palace of Skhirat. The following year air officers made a new coup, this time the plane of King Hassan II, on the return from France, was attacked in the air by jet fighters. 

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In the near future, the Amazigh Informatie Centum will reconstruct this historical event by publishing short articles. We will do this by means of testimonies of persons who were present during this incident, such as the fighter pilot Salah Hachad, published books by critical authors such as Gilles Perrault, Stephen Smith and various newspaper articles. 

Oufkir paid a visit to the Kenitra airbase

Oufkir and Amekrane, Kenitra Air Base 1972

After becoming Minister of Defence, Oufkir often visited the Kenitra airbase. The Minister of Defence interviewed the airbase personnel and asked them about their situation and wishes. One of the soldiers at this airbase, Midaoui El Yazid, told him his story. He announces to the general that he has been a long-time junior non-commissioned officer, and if he is not promoted to the rank of non-commissioned officer he will remain a junior non-commissioned officer all his life. Oufkir replied: “Tomorrow you will be promoted”. The next day the papers from Rabat came to Kenitra for the promotion of Miadoui. 

From left to right Salah Hachad, Brahim Aguizoul, Mohamed Amekrane, Mohamed Oufkir, Abdellah Bamaarouf. Kenitra 1972 

Oufkir was working to gain Amekrane’s trust. The general was invited by Amekrane to Kenitra to open a new mess for non-commissioned officers at Kenitra airbase. When the colonel asked the general what he wanted to call the new NCO mess, Oufkir replied: “We’re going to call him Amekrane”.

Source: https://medium.com/@AmazighInformatieCentrum/de-aanslag-op-het-vliegtuig-van-de-koning-van-marokko-1972-deel-2-d90edd507691

Translated by: Najat M.


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