Three more suspects arrested for the murder of two hikers

Three more suspects arrested for the murder of two hikers

Three more suspects arrested for the murder of two hikers

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

Moroccan investigators say those arrested were carrying arms and "suspicious materials" used in making explosives.

He confirmed the victims' identities as Louisa Vesterager Jespersen of Denmark, and Maren Ueland from Norway.

Norwegian police have issued a statement about the video that shows the murder of two Scandinavian tourists near Mount Toubkal, a Norwegian source told Morocco World News.

Moroccan authorities said the four men pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group in a video that was circulating on Twitter.

The NCIS said it was trying to map the women's activities before their departure for the village of Imlil. Jespersen was from Denmark and Ueland from Norway, but the pair had been attending college together.

The University of South-Eastern Norway, where both women were studying, said: 'What we know is that they were on a month long, private holiday in Morocco.

"An investigation is ongoing on the suspicions that there was a terrorist motive for this crime that has been supported by uncovered evidence", the report said.

The bodies 24-year-old Louisa Vesterager Jespersen of Denmark and 28-year-old Norwegian citizen Maren Ueland were discovered on Monday with knife wounds in their necks. Three men were arrested on Thursday morning in Marrakesh following a frantic manhunt, after another person was arrested on Monday.

State television 2M reported that authorities consider the slayings a terrorist act.

Danish counterparts said they were still analyzing the video, while Moroccan authorities said Thursday they are working on authenticating it.

One of the unnamed hikers who found the bodies reportedly said, "It was terrible".

Morocco has been largely spared the jihadist violence seen in other countries in North Africa since deadly bombings in Casablanca killed at least 30 people in 2003.

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.

Tourism is a cornerstone of Morocco's economy, accounting for 10 percent of national income.

In general Morocco is considered a safe country to explore and is under a Level 1 travel advisory - which suggests exercising "normal precautions" - by the US Department of State.

"Two innocent people were brutally killed, and we react with dismay, disgust and deep sorrow", said the Danish Prime Minister at a press conference on Thursday in Copenhagen.

"It is an unacceptable act that does not fit with the values and traditions of Moroccan people nor the traditions of the area where the crime happened", Mr Khalfi said.

Morocco has been spared jihadist attacks since 2011, when a bomb attack on a cafe in Marrakesh's famed Jamaa El Fna Square killed 17 people, majority European tourists.

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