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Morocco arrests suspect after murder of two Scandinavian women

botchway December 18, 2018

 

Moroccan authorities have arrested a suspect in connection with the murder of two Scandinavian tourists in the High Atlas Mountains, the interior ministry said.

The man was arrested in Marrakech, the largest tourist hub in Morocco.

Other suspects were being sought over the deaths of the women, a Dane and a Norwegian, whose bodies were found with their throats slit, the ministry said on Tuesday.

The Danish victim, Louisa Vesterager Jespersen, 24, “had her throat cut”, Danish newspaper BT cited her mother as saying.

Her family had warned her against going to Morocco “because of the chaotic situation”, she added.

Norwegian media named the other victim as 28-year-old Maren Ueland.

“Her priority was safety. The girls took every precaution before going on this trip,” her mother Irene Ueland told NRK.

Their bodies were found in an isolated area on the way to North Africa’s highest peak of Toubkal.

Toubkal is a popular trekking and hiking destination 82km south of Marrakech.

According to NRK, both were students at the University of South-Eastern Norway (USN) and they were on a trip to Morocco for Christmas holiday.

They were planning to spend a month in the country, according to Petter Aasen, rector at USN.

An investigation has been opened to determine the circumstances of the “criminal incident”. The police reportedly blocked the roads in the region where the killings occurred.

A Norwegian policeman from the embassy in Rabat is travelling to Marrakesh to act as a liaison between the authorities.

Source: aljazeera.com

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