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Cumming escaped death in Morocco terrorist attack

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May 08, 2011 | 2:15pm EDT

The X2 star was enjoying a vacation with his partner Grant Shaffer in Marrakesh, where they visited Cafe Argana in the town's main square, Jemaa el-Fnaa, the night before it was bombed on 28 April (11).

In a post on his blog, Cumming writes, "After checking into our hotel last Wednesday, Grant and I went for a walk and ate dinner at the Cafe Argana. We awoke late the next day with a start, jetlagged. Again we walked into the main square. There, we saw the Cafe Argana had been blown up by a bomb. That's what had woken us.

"The whole front of the restaurant was gone and we could see exactly where we had been sitting the night before, where we would have been killed had we been there when the blast happened."

And Cumming admits the experience has given him a new found appreciation for life, adding: "There's something very sobering and chilling and also galvanising about a lucky escape like that. I think I live in the moment, treat every day as though it were my last, all that sort of stuff.

"But this very real and very violent reminder of what a thin string our lives can hang on has made me more determined to appreciate what I have."

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