Tourists Brutally Murdered, One Beheaded by ISIS in Morocco
Two women, one from Norway and one from Denmark, were backpacking in Morocco. Four men from Marrakesh were camping nearby… men with ties to ISIS. One woman was decapitated, the other had “severe neck injuries caused by a bladed instrument.” The men filmed their disgusting deed, shouting that it was “allah’s will” and calling them “enemies of god.” Three men were arrested, along with another male the day before. Authorities said that the men had ties to the Islamic State.
Louisa Vesterager Jespersen, 24, from Denmark, and Maren Ueland, 28, from Norway were camping in the Atlas Mountains, about 6.2 miles from the village of Imlil. Prior to going to Morocco, Jespersen posted on Facebook,
“Dear friends, I’m going to Morocco in December. Any of you guys who’s around by then or any mountain friends who knows something about Mount Toubkal?”
The two blonde Scandinavian women were students of “outdoor activities and cultural guidance” at the University of Southeastern Norway. It was supposed to be a month long holiday.
The Sun reported,
Chilling footage circulating on social media shows a woman screaming while a man cuts her neck with what appears to be a kitchen knife.
During the video, the perpetrators cry out: “It’s Allah’s will” and are heard saying: “This is revenge for our brothers in Hajine in Syria. These are your heads, enemy of God.”
A separate clip published today on Twitter appeared to show four men suspected of murdering the tourists pledging their alliance to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
One of them holds a knife as they sit in front of a black and white flag.
According to The Sun, police released three of the men’s names: Abdessamad Ejjoud, born in 1993, Younes Ouziad, born in 1991, and Rashid Aftati, born in 1986. The men attempted to flee via bus, and had numerous knives and a slingshot hidden under their seat. The first suspect was arrested Tuesday when he left his ID in a tent close to the scene- his name was not released.
Morocco is a popular tourist destination, but in recent years has struggled with Muslim extremism. Word to the wise: if you feel like camping or backpacking in a Muslim country, plan a trip to Hawaii instead.
Featured photo: L: Louisa Jespersen R: Maren Ueland