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'Extremist' suspect arrested by police over murder of Scandinavian tourists

Mirror logo Mirror 20/12/2018 Neil Murphy
a person wearing a hat and smiling at the camera: Maren Ueland, 28 is one of the two victims of the horrific murder © Facebook Maren Ueland, 28 is one of the two victims of the horrific murder

Three men have been arrested in relation to the murder of two Scandinavian tourists - with one dubbed an ‘extremist', Moroccan authorities have confirmed.

The arrest has propelled fears that the gruesome murders of Maren Ueland, 28, from Norway, and Louisa Vesterager Jespersen, 24, from Denmark, were an act of terror.

The pair were discovered with cuts to their neck in the tourist village of Imlil.

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The women were found in an isolated area on the way to North Africa's highest peak of Toubkal, officials said.

Local newspapers have now released pictures of three out of the four suspects.

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Police have not yet released the names and ages of the men, and are not thought to be pursuing any other suspects in relation to the crime.

The two latest suspects are from the city of Safi, west of Marrakesh.

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Their detention follows the arrest of a man from Marrakesh yesterday.

The original suspects ID card was found at the scene of the murder.

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The three men are said to have camped next to the tent belonging to the victims and were captured on camera fleeing the area in the early hours of the morning.

Officers have said they intend on taking the suspects to the murder scene and have them reenact the murders.

A man who discovered the bodies claims one of the women had been decapitated.

Speaking to the Mail Online, the anonymous resident said: "I saw the two bodies before the police arrived. One was outside the tent and the other inside. The one outside had been beheaded.”

Police are yet to comment on the claims.

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No organisation or group has come forward to claim the murders.

One of the murders was apparently filmed on a mobile phone and then widely circulated on social media, prompting outrage in the country.

The interior ministry said the women's bodies had been found with "signs of violence on their necks" that had been "caused by a cutting device".

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Louisa's mum Helle Jespersen has told local media the family is completely "broken”.

She said: "She was always happy and positive," adding that her daughter saw the best in everyone.

a person sitting on the grass: Louisa Vesterager Jespersen has been named as one of the victims © Facebook Louisa Vesterager Jespersen has been named as one of the victims

The mum said she hopes investigators find the 'culprit', but admitted she is not hopeful.

Helle spoke of the moment she was told about her daughter's death by police who turned up at her door.

"When I went out and saw that there were two officers, I knew what had happened. I broke down," she said.

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