The attack, which occurred Es-Smara town on the evening of October 28–29, has been attributed to the Polisario Front who claimed responsibility.
According to Moroccan News Agency, three people were injured and a young Moroccan resident of France died as a result of the attack. An investigation has been opened by the office of the public prosecutor.
The same Polisario sources claim that Mahbes and Farsia were also affected by similar military actions. The Polisario militia reported “heavy losses in enemy trenches” from these attacks, although they made no mention of civilian casualties. There is no mention of the Moroccan inquiry.
Following the news release, a piece on the pro-Polisario ECSahraoui website tempers the claims, clarifying that the Saharawi groups carried out attacks in the “vast Es-Smara sector” and did not result in any civilian casualties.
Nonetheless, it should be mentioned that the attack had an influence on four impact zones spread across three districts in the municipality of Es-Smara. Pictures that have gone viral on social media purport to show shrapnel remnants on the town’s residential walls.
The blasts damaged two houses, authorities said in a statement, without adding further details.