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Swiss-Spanish national arrested in the aftermath of tourist murders in Morocco

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

MARRAKESH –  A dual Swiss-Spanish national has been arrested in Morocco for alleged involvement in the killings of two Scandinavian tourists.

The man, who has not been named, was detained in Marrakesh for allegedly trying to recruit Moroccans “to carry out terrorist plots”, a statement by Morocco’s Central Bureau for Judicial Investigations said.

Louisa Vesterager Jespersen, 24, from Denmark, and Maren Ueland, 28, from Norway, were murdered in December. Their bodies were found in the High Atlas mountains near a tourist spot.

Morocco’s Central Bureau for Judicial Investigations said on Saturday the Swiss-Spanish national was suspected of “teaching some of those arrested… about communication tools involving new technology and of training them in marksmanship”. The Swiss-Spanish national followed an “extremist ideology”, the statement said.

Police said four main suspects in the killings had pledged allegiance to the ISIS, although investigators believe there was no contact with groups in Syria or Iraq.

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