Arrests Made In Connection With Killing Of Scandinavians

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The counter-terrorism agency in Morocco said they arrested a Swiss national in connection with the killing of two Scandinavian women.

Louisa Vesterager Jespersen, 24, from Denmark, and Maren Ueland, 28, from Norway were found murdered on Dec. 17 near the village of Imlil in the Atlas Mountains.

The Central Bureau for Judicial Investigations (BCIJ) said the man arrested is also suspected of “involvement in recruiting Moroccan and sub-Saharan nationals to carry out terrorist plots in Morocco against foreign targets and security forces in order to take hold of their service weapons”

19 other men have been arrested in connection with the murders. Four suspects had pledged allegiance to Islamic State in a video made three days before the tourists’ bodies were found.

Flowers and candles in memory of Louisa Vesterager Jespersen and Maren Ueland, who were killed in Morocco during a trekking trip, are seen at the Town Hall Square in Copenhagen, Denmark December 28, 2018. Ritzau Scanpix/Thomas Sjoerup/via REUTERS Ritzau Scanpix/via REUTERS

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