Authorities in Morocco confirmed on Friday that 19 people had died of alcohol poisoning in the northern Moroccan city of Ksar El Kebir.
Police arrested a 48-year-old man with a criminal record in connection with the incident, while his son was also arrested in connection to the case, the Directorate General of National Security (DGSN) said in a statement.
Local media reported that security services also seized 49 litres of adulterated alcohol, and the two arrested suspects are alleged to have illicitly manufactured the beverage and sold it in their store.
Authorities say that an investigation is still under way to determine the circumstances of the case.
According to comments from a local health ministry to reporters, nine bodies were initially found at the hospital on Tuesday, and the death toll rose to 19 on Wednesday, Morocco World News reported. About 30 people were taken to hospital in critical condition, with two still in intensive care, AFP said on Thursday.
According to Moroccan law, the sale of alcohol to Muslims is prohibited, but it is easily found in bars, restaurants and stores that discreetly offer it for sale, according to local media.
- Advertisement -
In other news – Member of Trompies claims he received R5 in royalties
Legendary Trompies group member Eugene Mthethwa has alleged that he received peanuts from the South African Music Rights Organisation’s (Samro) assuming that they cost R5.
The Kwaito muso shook social media users after reports suggested that he only received R5.43 in royalties this year, for his 90s hit singles. Learn more