Years of service
Royal Moroccan Army
1976 (aged 41–42), Rich, Morocco
1934 (age 41–42), Bourd, Taza Province, Morocco
El revolucionario teniente coronel m hamed ababou
M'hamed Ababou (Arabic: امحمد أعبابو; 1938 – 10 July 1971) was a senior Moroccan Army officer. Along with General Mohamed Medbouh he instigated an attempted coup against king Hassan II on 10 July 1971.
- El revolucionario teniente coronel m hamed ababou
- El rife o m hamed ababou teniente coronel que hizo el golpe militar en marruecos en el a o 1971
M'hamed Ababou was the director of the Ahermoumou military non-commissioned officer training school. Acting under his orders, about 1,200 cadets from the school seized the Royal summer palace at Skhirat where a diplomatic function was being held to celebrate the King's forty-second birthday. Foreign and Moroccan VIPs were held under guard or fled along the nearby seafront. Approximately 100 guests, officials, servants and cadets were reported killed under confused circumstances. It was to be subsequently claimed that the young cadets had been told by Ababou and other officers that they were acting to protect King Hassan against rebels. Initially the only loyalist troops present at the palace were ceremonial guards and the king took refuge in a pavilion annex.
Ababou was killed on the day of the coup during an exchange of fire with royal troops led by General Bouhali, who had been dispatched to the palace to rescue the king. It is reported that Ababou was only wounded in this clash but had asked a fellow conspirator to shoot him so that he would not be taken alive.
M'hamed Ababou had two brothers in the military; Mohamed (his elder by 4 years) with whom he co-organized the attempted coup and who would die in detention in 1976; and a younger brother named Abdelziz Ababou who died during the coup itself.