Photo: Louisa Vesterager Jespersen, one of two Scandinavian tourists killed in Morocco (left). The Village of Imlil at the foothill of the Atlas Mountains, Toubkal National Park, Morocco (right).
Members of the Islamic State are suspected of killing two female Scandinavian tourists in Morocco two weeks ago. Louisa Vesterager Jespersen, 24, from Denmark, and Maren Ueland, 28, from Norway, were found on Monday, December 17 in the Atlas Mountains in Morocco with knife wounds to the neck. Four men, who pledged allegiance to the Islamic State in a video shared on social media, were arrested shortly after the incident. By Monday, December 31, an additional nine men have been arrested in connection to the case, according to Morocco’s Central Bureau for Judicial Investigations.
Norwegian authorities noted that a separate video showing the killings of the two travelers was likely to be real. The incident is being investigated as a terrorist attack.
The pair had been trekking and camping at the foothills of Mount Toubkal, North Africa’s highest peak, a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts.