Morocco arrests Swiss national in connection with killing of Scandinavians


On Saturday, a Swiss national was detained for being linked to the killers of the female trekkers. People in Morocco found the beheaded dead bodies of Louisa Vesterager Jespersen, 24, from Denmark, and Maren Ueland, 28, from Norway.

The victims had arrived in Morocco for a month long holiday and had traveled to different parts of Morocco. Both the girls had attended university in southern Norway. The bodies of the victims have already been sent back to their native place, which as done before Christmas.

The arrested person is a Morocco resident and has Swiss nationality. Officers doubt that the leader of the Moroccan group’s was Abdessamad Ejjoud. Ejjoud, a 25-year-old man recorded a video sometime before the killings. Furthermore, in this video, the four chief defendants show loyalty to an IS leader.

According to Morocco’s counter-terror chief Abdelhak Khiam, the four chief suspects are part of the Islamic State group. However, the suspects had no contact with its associates in Iraq or Syria.

Reaction on the killings

The leaders of the victim’s countries have both condemned the killings. Moreover, the Moroccan prime minister Saad Eddine El Othmani has pronounced them as a “stab in the back of Morocco and Moroccans”.

Morocco was till now free of radical attacks from the terrorists. People from different European countries visited Morocco and Tourism accounts for 10% of Morocco’s national income. This case has bought Morocco in a negative light and can affect tourism.





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