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Moroccan police arrest three more suspects in killing of Danish, Norwegian women

2018-12-20 21:00
Moroccan police arrested three people on Thursday (December 20) in connection with the killing of two female tourists from Norway and Denmark in a suspected militant attack in the Atlas Mountains. The bodies of Louisa Vesterager Jespersen, 24, from Denmark and Maren Ueland, 28, from Norway, were found on Monday in an isolated area near Imlil, on the way to Toubkal, North Africa's highest peak and a popular hiking destination. The authorities had said a suspect arrested in tourist hub Marrakech on Tuesday was a member of a militant group, without naming the organisation. Danish intelligence said earlier on Thursday that Islamic State could be behind the killings. "It is an act that does not align with the values of Moroccans....it is an act that we refuse and strongly condemn," Moroccan Government Spokesperson, Mustapha El Khalfi told a news conference on Thursday. Preliminary investigations of a video shared on social media purporting to show the killing of one of the tourists had found that it was shot in a different place from where the bodies were found, a police source told Reuters.