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    This picture taken on December 21, 2018 shows a combo photo murdered Danish student Louisa Vesterager Jespersen (L) and Nowegian Maren Ueland placed on top of flowers and between the flags of Morocco an Norway as Moroccans pay tribute to the Scandinavian victims

    Swiss-Spanish 'Terrorist Recruiter' Detained Over Scandinavian Girls' Carnage

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    Speaking at a press conference in Rabat, a Moroccan intelligence spokesman said that the two Scandinavian tourists were killed by a "lone wolf, hastily organised terrorist cell".

    Moroccan authorities have arrested a dual Swiss-Spanish national in Marrakesh in connection with the killing of two women, Louisa Vesterager Jespersen, 24, from Denmark, and Maren Ueland, 28, from Norway, on suspicion that he was a local terrorist recruiter.

    READ MORE: Gang Killed Scandinavian Women in Morocco After 2 Days of Hunting for Targets

    According to the Central Bureau of Judicial Investigations, the man, whose name has not been released to the public yet, is alleged to have been teaching some of the suspects "about communication tools involving new technology and training them in marksmanship".

    He is believed to have been involved in the "recruitment of Moroccans and sub-Saharans to carry out terrorist plans in Morocco" against foreign targets and security forces.

    Twenty people have been arrested so far as part of the ongoing investigation into the murder of the hikers, whose bodies were found in the Atlas Mountains on 17 December. Police revealed that the perpetrators repeatedly stabbed the young women before eventually slitting their throats and beheading one of them.

    Following the tragic incident, graphic footage displaying the horrific decapitation and the attackers pledging allegiance to Daesh* emerged online.

    READ MORE: Scandinavian Women Killed by 'Hastily Organised Terrorist Cell' – Moroccan Intel

    Moroccan intelligence spokesman Boubker Sabik referred to the attackers as being “lone wolf, hastily organised terrorist cell”, adding that the crime “was not co-ordinated with Islamic State [Daesh]”.

    *Daesh, also known as ISIS/IS/Islamic State, is a terrorist group outlawed in Russia and many other countries. 


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