1972 Moroccan coup attempt

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The 1972 Moroccan coup attempt was an unsuccessful attempt to assassinate King Hassan II of Morocco on 16 August 1972.

The attempt was orchestrated by General Mohamed Oufkir, a close advisor to King Hassan. He was assisted by Mohamed Amekrane, commander of the Moroccan air force base at Kenitra.[1] On August 16, four Northrop F-5 jets, acting on Oufkir's orders, intercepted Hassan's Boeing 727 as it returned from France.[2] Reportedly, King Hassan (himself a pilot), grabbed the radio and told the rebel pilots, "Stop firing! The tyrant is dead!"[3] Fooled, the rebel pilots broke off their attack.

Hassan's plane landed safely at Rabat's airport, which was strafed by air force jets, killing eight and injuring 40.[4] Kenitra Air Base, where most of the rebellious air force officers were based, was surrounded and hundreds arrested.

Oufkir was found dead of multiple gunshot wounds later on August 16, officially from suicide.[5][6]


  1. ^ Miller, Susan Gilson (2013-04-15). A History of Modern Morocco. Cambridge University Press. p. 177. ISBN 978-0-521-81070-8. Retrieved 2013-05-09. 
  2. ^ The Air Force role in low-intensity conflict. DIANE Publishing. p. 56. ISBN 1428928278. 
  3. ^ Gregory, Joseph R. (July 24, 1999). "Hassan II of Morocco Dies at 70; A Monarch Oriented to the West". New York Times. 
  4. ^ Morocco: the Islamist awakening and other challenges. Marvine Howe, p. 111
  5. ^ Hughes, Stephen O. (2006). Morocco Under King Hassan. Ithaca Press. ISBN 0863723128. 
  6. ^ "Interview with Malika Oufkir". Foreign Correspondent. 7 November 2001. 

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