Female backpackers beheaded in Morocco by ISIS

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    By Mark Ellis —

    Maren Ueland

    Two Scandinavian women tourists found dead in Morocco were attacked by terrorists linked to ISIS, authorities are now saying.

    The bodies of Louisa Jespersen, 24, from Norway, and Maren Ueland, 28, from Denmark were found near the foot of North Africa’s highest peak, Mount Toubkal, according to the BBC. The area is popular with hikers and climbers from Scandinavia.

    A video spread across social media apparently shows the killing of one of the students.

    The grisly footage reveals a woman yelling while the terrorist decapitates her with a knife, according to Deutsche Welle. Authorities in Norway have concluded the video is authentic.

    Four men from Marrakech have been detained in Morocco and authorities consider the killings a terrorist act. Moroccan authorities said the four men pledged allegiance to the Islamic State.

    Initially, detectives investigating the crime believed it may have been sexually motivated because none of the victims’ belongings were missing. But after a video of the attack appeared on social media everything changed.

     

    Louisa Jespersen

    Norway’s Prime Minister Erna Solberg called the murders a “brutal and meaningless attack on innocents. Danish Prime Minister Lars Loekke Rasmussen said the slayings were “politically motivated and thus an act of terror.”

    Louisa traveled to Morocco against her family’s wishes. In an interview with Danish news sources, Jespersen’s mother said that they pleaded with her to avoid Morocco “because of the chaotic situation.”

    The U.S. State Department issued a travel advisory for Morocco December 13th, four days before the murders, stating: “During the holiday travel season, transnational terrorist organizations and individuals inspired by extremist ideology pose an ongoing threat throughout the region. Extremists may focus on tourist locations such as resorts, public markets, shopping malls, airports, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, transportation hubs, schools, and government facilities.”

    Police identified the suspects through surveillance cameras placed in local shops in the village of Imlil, near where they camped.

    Sadly, unsuspecting tourists in the area came upon the bodies of the murder victims. “A local guide met the tourists crying and they told him what they saw.” The guide called authorities to report the crime, according to Morocco World News.

    Morocco, which hugs the coast of North Africa, is directly across the Mediterranean from Spain and Gibraltar. The country is 99.6% Muslim and only 0.2% Christian, according to Joshua Project.

     

    Louisa Jespersen

     

    8 COMMENTS

    1. So you go to a country that is 99’6% Islamic, as a young, white woman with blonde hair, wearing shorts (epitomizing everything Moslems hate: women dressed immodestly (by their standards) it is like waving a red flag in front of a bull! I feel sorry for them but their naivete cost them their lives. Will the Govt. of Morocco bring those men to justice? Probably not, since they are Moslem; they will probably put them in prison for a few weeks and tell the media they are there for life, then when the world has forgotten the incident, let them out. God will judge though.
      No one escapes His judgment unless they get saved.

    2. @L.C. Williscroft The men were already arrested. The people of the village turned them in fast when they saw the knives (news spread fast and they were on the lookout.) The town is your normal tourist town and all reports agree the locals were stunned it happened as it has effectively no violence.

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