Moroccan Islamist politician killed by train
RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Morocco’s Interior Ministry says a prominent Islamist politician and a close confidant of the prime minister has been struck and killed by a train.
The brief statement late Sunday gave no details on how Abdallah Baha was hit near the seaside town of Bouznika, only saying that police had opened an investigation.
A founder of the moderate Islamist Party of Justice and Development, Baha was a key theoretician for the movement and the main adviser to Prime Minister Abdelilah Benkirane.
The Moroccan press noted that a parliamentarian from the socialist party was killed at the same spot a few weeks earlier when his car was swept away by torrential rains.
Baha has been described as the architect of the party’s policy to work within the system for reform.