Two Scandinavian female tourists found murdered in Moroccan Mountains

Published on : Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Two Scandinavian female tourists were found dead in the Atlas Mountains in central Morocco on Monday, the country’s interior ministry said. Both the bodies had neck wounds caused by knives.

 

The women were found in an isolated area on the way to North Africa’s highest peak of Toubkal, the ministry said in a statement.

 

Officials from the two countries confirmed that the families of the women, from Denmark and Norway.

 

The bodies of the women were found inside a tent, which they had been sharing,10km from Imlil, near the foot of North Africa’s highest peak, Mount Toubkal, reports said.

 

One of the women has been identified as Maren Ueland, 28, from Norway while the identity of the second woman is yet to be confirmed by Danish officials.

 

As per a BBC report, Maren Ueland’s mother Irene told public broadcaster NRK that the pair had been studying together at the University of South-Eastern Norway and had gone backpacking for their Christmas holiday on 9 December. The pair had taken all necessary safety measures before they had left, she told NRK.

 

A suspect has been arrested in the city of Marrakesh on suspicion of murder, according to Moroccan authorities.

 

The man was being held in custody “to determine the motive of the crime while investigations continue to arrest other individuals who have been identified and suspected of taking part in criminal acts”, the central bureau of judicial investigation said in a statement.

 

Toubkal is a popular trekking and hiking destination 82 km south of Morocco’s largest tourist hub, Marrakech.


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