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Published on Monday, December 31, 2018

Further arrests made in connection with beheading of tourists in Morocco

Police in Morocco have arrested a dual Swiss-Spanish national for alleged involvement in the beheading of two Scandinavian tourists in the High Atlas Mountains.

The man, who has not been named, was detained in Marrakesh for allegedly trying to recruit Moroccans 'to carry out terrorist plots'.

Police have already made multiple arrests in connection with the murders of Louisa Vesterager Jespersen, 24, from Denmark, and Maren Ueland, 28, from Norway.

They had been on a month-long holiday in Morocco and had travelled to the foothills of Mount Toubkal, North Africa's highest peak.

Their bodies were found in their tent.

Morocco's Central Bureau for Judicial Investigations said the Swiss-Spanish national followed an 'extremist ideology' and was suspected of 'teaching some of those arrested... about communication tools involving new technology and of training them in marksmanship'.

Hundreds of people attended a vigil in the southern village of Imlil, near where the women's bodies were found, and flowers were laid in Marrakesh.

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