The Danish and Norwegian victims, who were students in their 20s, were discovered by other tourists near the foot of North Africa’s highest peak, Mount Toubkad with what police say was ‘evidence of violence on their necks’ while unverified local reports say they had been decapitated. At least one of the 3 suspected Muslim beheaders (below) is an ‘extremist, according to Morocco authorities (Gee, what a surprise!) It raises fears that the gruesome double murder in Morocco was an act of terror (Ya think?)
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See second video below of beheading. WARNING: Graphic Images
The SUN (h/t Janezz) Three Muslim men have been arrested after two female backpackers, 24-year-old Louisa Vesterager Jespersen, from Denmark, and Maren Ueland, 28, from Norway, were found with severe neck injuries in their tent at a popular trekking spot in Morocco.
According to Morocco World News, a witness, who asked to not to be named, said the women were allegedly found decapitated.” Their bodies were found in a “remote mountainous region” about 6.2 miles from the centre of the village.
It is reported that three suspects from Marrakesh, who were camping nearby, have been arrested in connection with the murder. A source told Morocco World News: “The suspects were camping in the same area that the murder took place. “Witnesses saw the group at night as they were heading to the camp area.”
Police are also said to have identified the suspects through CCTV in local shops in the village. One of the suspects, according to the source, also left his ID card behind at the camp.
“The girls had taken all the precautionary measures before embarking on this trip.” (Except for the most important precautionary measure – NOT going backpacking in a Muslim country)
Both were students of “outdoor activities and cultural guidance” at the University of Southeastern Norway. They had reportedly set up a camp near Imlil which is a popular tourist destination at the foot of the Toubkal peak which is the highest in Africa.
Their motivation for the attack were unclear, officials said, but terrorism remains a strong line of enquiry.
Witnesses said that three men from Marrakech were seen camping close to the women, and local media has reported that sexual assault may have been the motive for the crime.
Here’s a tweet that was posted today about the beheaders:
UPDATE Re: Video: They keep deleting copies of the video, but here are two links you can try:
These photos reveal that, in fact, BOTH women were beheaded:
Photos from BestGore.com
Daily Mail‘It’s Allah’s will’: Muslims branded two Scandinavian women the ‘enemies of God’ as they filmed themselves decapitating one of the tourists in Morocco – ‘and posted video pledging allegiance to ISIS.’
Maren Ueland, 28, from Norway, and Louisa Vesterager Jespersen, 24, from Denmark, were found dead near the village of Imlil in Morocco’s High Atlas mountains on Monday. A video showing the murder of one of the women has been recognised as genuine, Danish intelligence service said today adding that the killings can be connected to ISIS.
Men in the gruesome clip can be heard shouting ‘it’s Allah’s will’ while there are claims that the words ‘this is for Syria’ were used, in an apparent reference to Western bombing missions in the war-torn country.
Separate footage has emerged today showing four men suspected of carrying out the attack pledging their alliance to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
Sitting in front of a black and white flag, one is seen brandishing a knife as they condemn ‘destruction caused by the warplanes of the Crusader alliance’. They also appear to taunt Morocco’s intelligence service, saying ‘where is your knowledge? For here we are…’
This morning, a series of fearsome knives were found on a bus in Marrakesh as three suspects were arrested over the atrocity. Yesterday, a fourth man was held, suspected of belonging to an Islamic extremist group.