About us

Copyright © 2019 Rif Time. Alle Rechte vorbehalten.


The attack on the plane of the King of Morocco in 1972 (Part 1)

Aircraft of Hassan II with identification code: CN-CCG 

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 carried out a new coup, this time the plane of King Hassan II, on the return from France, was attacked in the air by jet fighters.

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

General Oufkir returns to the army

Mohamed Oufkir, 1966, International © Magazine Service 

Immediately after the failed coup of Skhirat in 1971, King Hassan II formed a new government, the 12th government also known as the government of Prime Minister Mohamed Karim Lamrani. General Mohamed Oufkir, Minister of the Interior since 1964, was appointed Minister of Defence in the new government and also became the Chief of Staff and Deputy Chief of Staff of the Army. The general received many powers from the king to investigate the failed coup of Skhirat and to take countermeasures. 

Mohamed Amekrane, Kenitra 1972

Immediately after the failed Skhirat coup, the commander of Kenitra Air Base, Lieutenant-Colonel Mohamed Amekrane, was called upon to report to the Army headquarters in Rabat. Amekrane was personally questioned by Oufkir, who accused him of involvement in Skhirat’s failed coup d’état, but he releases him home to make him feel that Amekrane owes his freedom to General Oufkir. 

Lt. Colonel Amekrane was on the King’s guest list when he celebrated his birthday on Saturday 10th of July 1972 in Skhirat Palace. The Lieutenant Colonel fled the palace after it was stormed by rebellious cadets from the military school of Ahermoumou. Amekrane returned to Kenitra, 50 kilometers north of Rabat.

Source: https://medium.com/@AmazighInformatieCentrum/de-aanslag-op-het-vliegtuig-van-de-koning-van-marokko-1972-455be8263528

Translated by: Najat M.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Scroll to top