Muslim architect who took pilgrimage to Makkah named among Paris dead

Muslim architect who took pilgrimage to Makkah named among Paris dead

Muslim architect 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, 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 the 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.”

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.

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


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