Moroccan architect killed in Paris terror attacks

Architect and devout Muslim Amine Ibnolmobarak has been named among the victims of the terrorist attacks in Paris

Tributes gather in wake of Paris terrorist attacks.
Tributes gather in wake of Paris terrorist attacks.

Architect and devout Muslim Amine Ibnolmobarak has been named among the victims of the terrorist attacks in Paris.

The Moroccan – who wrote a study of design while on a pilgrimage to Makkah - was with his wife, Maya, at the terrace of the Carillon bar when gunmen opened fire. She was shot three times and is in a critical condition in hospital.

Born in Rabat, the Moroccan capital, Ibnolmobarak, 28, was an architect and teacher at the ENSA Paris-Malaquais architecture school, from which he graduated in 2012 after an architectural study on the pilgrimage to Mecca.

The Parisian Observatory of Tactical Urbanism posted online that Ibnolmobarak died “at the terrace of the carillon where we had frequently pleasure to find him.”

The post added: “We’re thinking of him, his friends, his family, and especially his young woman, who was with him last night and is currently hospitalised.”

His former teacher, Jean Attali, paid tribute in a Facebook post, writing: “Thank you all for your heartfelt thoughts after the tragedy that saw the killing of Amine Ibnolmobarak, a young Muslim intellectual, who blew us away with the amazing graduate study he conducted on the pilgrimage to Mecca: a testimony of his faith, his sense in working on great popular gatherings, and a testimony of his intelligence and accomplishment.”

Another post reads: @louvrepourtous #RIP Amine Ibnolmobarak architecte au diplôme sur le pèlerinage à La Mecque #AttentatsParis

French prime minister, Manuel Valls, said that more than 100 of those who died in the worst attack on French soil since the Second World War had been identified. An official list had yet to be circulated and 20 to 30 more bodies were still awaiting identification, he said.

“These are not anonymous victims. They are lives, young people, who have been targeted while they spent a quiet evening in a café, or at a concert,” Valls said outside the École Militaire, where a centre had been set up for the victims’ families.

“No psychologist, no volunteer, no doctor can console them,” he said of the relatives. “But we must help them with the process, with identifications, to accompany them ... through all the administrative tasks.”

So far people of 12 different nationalities have been identified as being killed in the violence.

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