Suspects of Morocco tourists IS members

Suspects of Morocco tourists IS members

Moroccan police arrested one man Wednesday and had been looking for the three who were arrested Thursday in Marrakech.

Moroccans from all walks of life have denounced the despicable murder of two Scandinavian women in the Atlas Mountains, expressing their sympathy and solidarity with the families of the victims, Louisa Vesterager Jespersen and Maren Ueland.

The two Scandinavian women - who were studying to be outdoor guides - were last seen with three men in Marrakesh before they were to go hiking in the Atlas Mountains.

Another suspect was arrested Tuesday, and a Moroccan prosecutor said he had affiliations to an extremist group, without naming it.

"When it comes to the assessment of the video that purportedly shows the killings, there is still a certain amount of technical analysis and assessment to be done", Norway's National Crime Investigation Service said in a statement.

Imlil is a starting point for trekking and climbing tours of Mount Toubkal, which at 4,167 metres is the highest summit in North Africa.

Irene Ueland's comment thread underneath that photo has filled with more than 7,000 comments from people offering prayers, expressing anger, condemning the attack - and sharing images and videos of the sickening video that appears to show backpacker Jespersen being murdered. They lived in southern Norway, where they attended university. "So we can not at this time say anything about the authenticity of the video".

Authorities in Morocco consider the killings a terrorist act and have arrested four men.

Earlier Thursday, Denmark's domestic security agency told The Associated Press that preliminary findings the investigation "indicate, according to Moroccan authorities, that the killings may be related to the terrorist organization the Islamic State group". The women's bodies were found by a pair of French women hiking nearby.

In neighboring Norway, Prime Minister Erna Solberg said terrorism "is not the only lead that is being investigated in Morocco", but the case "emphasizes the importance of combating violent extremism".

The two articles the petition mentions regard premeditated murder and a crime involving torture being punishable by death in Morocco.

That was in reference to the likely negative impact the murders will have on the North African country's vital tourism sector - which accounts for 10 percent of national income.

A source from Imlil, a village six miles (10km) away from where the women were found, said one of the victims was found dead inside her tent while another was found outside.

Morocco is generally considered safe for tourists and is a key ally of the United States and Europe in the fight against terrorism.

All three come from Marrakesh, and one of them had "a court record linked to terrorist acts", police spokesman Boubker Sabik said.

Tourism accounts for 10% of Morocco's national income and the country has generally been safe from jihadist attacks since a 2011 bombing in Marrakesh killed 17 people, majority European tourists.

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