Three arrested over tourist killings in Morocco

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CASABLANCA, Morocco

Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen has confirmed the arrest of three suspects believed to have killed two young European female tourists.

The two women Louisa Vesterager Jespersen, 24, from Denmark, and Maren Ueland, 28, from Norway were hiking in area near Imil, close to Africa’s highest mountain peak Mount Toubkal.

Police discovered bodies of the duo with knife wounds on Monday.

One suspect has been linked to an Islamist extremist group.

Local media reported that the three suspects were all shepherds, and had been arrested in the city of Marrakesh.

Ms Jespersen and Ms Ueland had travelled together to Morocco for a month-long holiday on 9 December, including a trip in the Atlas Mountains.

Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg decried the “brutal and meaningless attack on innocent people”, and said she had trust in the Moroccan authorities to find those responsible.

According to Maren Ueland’s mother Irene, she said her daughter and friend had been studying together at the University of South-Eastern Norway.

Both she added have been experiencing outdoor activities, and to had prepared well for the hiking trip, which they took without a local guide.