Morocco Murders: 3 More Suspects Arrested Over 'Terror' Killing Of Scandinavian Backpackers

Marco Green
December 21, 2018

But police source told Morocco World News the murder investigation has excluded robbery as the motive because none of the victims' belongings were missing. They are apparently seen sitting in front of a black and white flag, while one of the men holds a knife and says they condemn "destruction caused by the warplanes of the Crusader alliance", referring to Western powers.

The suspect was arrested in Marrakech, Morocco's tourist hub, on Tuesday and police were hunting other individuals identified as suspects.

Louisa Jespersen from Denmark and Maren Ueland from Norway were found dead Monday in Morocco's High Atlas Mountains.

The University of South-Eastern Norway said the two students were on a month-long private trip to Morocco.

"What should have been a holiday trip turned into a nightmare", he told reporters.

The bodies of Louisa Vesterager Jespersen of Denmark and Maren Ueland of Norway were discovered at a campsite above the tourist village of Imlil, a well-known departure point for mountain hikes.

An anonymous source at the Moroccan Central Office of Judicial Research (BCIJ) told ABC News that three more suspects have now been arrested. A fourth man has been in custody since Monday.

Norway's Prime Minister Erna Solberg condemned what she called a "brutal and meaningless attack on innocents".

Both Moroccan and Scandinavian authorities stressed that the killing of the two backpackers, in which one was decapitated and the other one had her throat slit, was politically motivated and should be investigated as an act of terror.

"The Danish Security and Intelligence Service and the Danish National Police are in the process of analyzing the video and are now unable to make any further statements about the authenticity of the video".

Authorities at the scene where the bodies of two Scandinavian women were found dead in the Atlas Mountains, a popular hiking destination.

The slayings have shocked Morocco, a popular tourist destination where attacks on foreigners are rare.

"Dear friends, I'm going to Morocco in December".

Danish security forces on Thursday said the killings "may be related to the terrorist organisation Islamic State".

A national security official who asked not to be named because he wasn't authorized to speak to the media identified the suspects to The Associated Press as Abdessamad Ejjoud, born in 1993; Younes Ouziad, born in 1991; and Rashid Aftati, born in 1986.

It is alleged after committing the murders they fled, leaving their tent in which was a forgotten ID of one of the arrested men.

The country is generally considered to be safe for tourists, aside from harassment of solo female travelers.

At least one of the suspects has been linked to an Islamic extremist group.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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