A gang of extremists who beheaded two Scandinavian hikers in Morocco almost killed a British tourist instead of letting him go after he said he was a Muslim. The bloodthirsty gang, who was looking for westerners for ISIS, saw the older Briton in the Atlas Mountains on 17 December, Moroccan researchers said against the terror. The group became friends with him before he asked what his religion was, and when he revealed that he was a Muslim, they let him go on. But an hour later the same group met Louisa Vesterager Jespersen, 24, from Denmark, and Maren Ueland, 28, from Norway, and killed them both.
Louisa Vesterager Jespersen, 24, was beheaded in December at a campsite in Western Morocco. Police say that men who killed her had attacked a Brit earlier, but let him live
Maren Ueland, 28, was found dead next to her. Researchers say the girls were killed about an hour after the Briton was arrested. The attackers filmed one of the decapitated women, with gruesome images distributed online under ISIS forums. Fifteen men have since been accused of terrorist crimes over crime. Moroccan counter-terror chief Abdelhak Khiam said the arrested men have revealed that they spoke with a Briton before the two women showed up. He added that it is not clear whether the man was actually a Muslim, or whether he was moving away from the danger. The charge consists of forming a gang in preparation and the commission of terrorist attacks and premeditated murder, the Moroccan prosecutor said in a statement. Three of the suspects have to deal with extra charges because they have urged the others to commit terrorist acts. The 15 suspects were referred to an investigating judge who deals with matters related to terrorism. It is expected that more suspects will be charged in the coming days. It comes after the Moroccan authorities have arrested a Swiss-Spanish national in connection with the murders. The Scandinavian hikers had set up camp on a remote mountain terrain about two hours from the tourist village of Imlil when they were attacked. The video that shows the attack is scattered on ISIS forums, and shows a man who swings with a large knife and says in Arabic & # 39; it is the will of Allah & # 39 ;.
Fifteen men have been accused of terrorist crimes over the decapitated murders of two Scandinavian women in Morocco
A portrait of Louisa and Maren is seen at a supporting event, between flowers and candles, on the Town Hall Square in Copenhagen, Denmark. The man arrested on Saturday is also suspected of being involved in recruiting Moroccan nationals and sub-Saharan nationals to carry out terrorist plots in Morocco against foreign targets and security forces to get their weapons of service in, & # 39 ;, said the Central Office for Legal Investigations (BCIJ). Nineteen other men were arrested in connection with the case, including four main suspects who had faithfully promised to ISIS in a video made three days before the bodies of the tourists were found. Police and domestic intelligence spokesman Boubker Sabik this week described the four men as "solitary wolves", and said: "The crime was not coordinated with Islamic State." "Ulands and Ms. Vesterager Jespersen," who studied to be outdoor guides at a Norwegian university were spotted with three men in Marrakesh before going to the Atlas Mountains. They were traveling throughout the country as part of a one-month trekking holiday. Last week, hundreds of people from the birthplace of Bryne van Malen turned out to have a candlelit vigil, including her friends and relatives. It was emphasized that the event was not a memorial, but a way to show support and sympathy to the lovers of Malen.
People come together to pay tribute to the victims for Saint Peter's Cathedral in Rabat, Morocco & # 39; It is important to stand together and be important for people to show solidarity, & # 39; Thor Inge Sveinsvoll, manager of the Rogaland Red Cross, told Aftenposten in Norway. We want to show that we care about each other and that we are together for a friendlier world. "Said Odd Ivar Nese, one of the organizers. It has also been found that the two women in their last days & # 39; happy & social & # 39; were, according to Rachid Imerhade, a mountain guide who had met the two friends a few days before their death. He said: & # 39; They smiled, talked and were social. They have talked a lot with the other people in the neighborhood. & # 39; Janssen's mother, Helle Petersen, told the Danish newspaper B.T. that her daughter was always happy and positive. Everyone loved her and she saw the best in everyone & # 39; .In comparison with other countries in North Africa, Morocco is largely isolated from militant attacks. The most recent took place in April 2011, when 17 people were killed in the bombing of a restaurant in Marrakech. In 2017 and 2018, Morocco said it has dismantled 20 militant cells that plan attacks in the country.