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Imlil, Morocco

Morocco arrests suspect for Nordic tourists’ murder

Police are reported to be hunting for more suspects after the bodies of two women from Denmark and Norway were discovered.

Moroccan authorities have arrested a suspect after the brutal murder of two female Scandinavian tourists in their twenties in the Atlas Mountains, the news agency AFP reports.

The bodies of the Danish and Norwegian women were discovered in or by their tent on Monday with cuts to their necks, according to Morocco’s interior ministry.

The tent was pitched in an isolated area about ten kilometres from the village of Imlil, which is popular with trekking and climbing tourists as it is close to Mount Toubkal, North Africa’s highest peak.

The suspect was arrested in Marrakesh, about 60 kilometres north of Imlil. Other suspects are being sought, the ministry said.

The Dane, Louisa Vesterager Jespersen, 24, “had her throat cut”, her mother Helle Petersen told the Danish newspaper BT.

The other victim, Maren Ueland, 28, had been studying with Jespersen in Norway. The two had arrived in Imlil only on Sunday , according to the Norwegian tabloid VG.

Town in shock

Security in the region has been increased and hiking suspended, as police are reported to be searching for further suspects. Danish and Norwegian officials are assisting with the investigation.

“All of Imlil is in shock,” a local guide told VG. “This is a tragedy for the whole town. Nothing like this has happened before.”

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