Jake Wallis Simons and Julian Robinson, Daily Mail, December 20, 2018
Suspected ISIS terrorists branded two Scandinavian women the ‘enemies of God’ as they filmed themselves decapitating one of the tourists in Morocco.
Maren Ueland, 28, from Norway, and Louisa Vesterager Jespersen, 24, from Denmark, were found dead near the village of Imlil in Morocco’s High Atlas mountains on Monday.
A video showing the murder of one of the women has been recognised as genuine, Danish intelligence service said today adding that the killings can be connected to ISIS.
Men in the gruesome clip can be heard shouting ‘it’s Allah’s will’ while there are claims that the words ‘this is for Syria’ were used, in an apparent reference to Western bombing missions in the war-torn country.
Separate footage has emerged today which is thought to show four men suspected of carrying out the attack pledging their alliance to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. One is seen brandishing a knife as they sit in front of a black and white flag.
This morning, a series of fearsome knives were found on a bus in Marrakesh as three suspects were arrested over the atrocity. Yesterday, a fourth man was held, suspected of belonging to an Islamic extremist group.
Ms Ueland and Ms Vesterager Jespersen, who were studying to be outdoor guides at a Norwegian university, were spotted with three men in Marrakesh before heading to the Atlas mountains to hike.
All four suspects are reportedly between the ages of 25 and 33.
Three have been identified by their initials and two of them have been pictured wearing skullcaps and heavy beards.
‘RA’, from the small village of Douar el Caïd, outside Marrakesh, was born in 1985 and works as a salesman, officials said.
The second suspect, ‘AE’, a carpenter born in 1991, lives in the Azzouzia district of Marrakesh.
The third, ‘OA’, born in 1993, lives in the Derb Zeroual neighbourhood of Marrakesh. No employment details were given.
Today’s three arrests were made at a bus station in Marrakesh after a trader alerted police when he saw the knives they were carrying as they tried to buy water.
Police boarded the bus and seized four knives, including blades of machete size, as the bus was leaving to travel to the southern seaside town of Agadir.
The ticket inspector on the bus, Abdulrahim, said: ‘We came from Azilal and stopped in Marrakesh before continuing to Agadir.
‘We picked up three people. They bought their tickets. When the bus left the station, a policeman asked me to close the door of the bus, because we normally leave it open for other people to jump on.
‘Then he told me to stop the bus in front of the Ryad Mogador hotel. Then the police got on the bus and they went to check the guys and they found four big knives.’
The driver added: ‘Passengers on the bus were very afraid because the police surrounded the bus and the area around it.’