Sunday 15 September 2019

Terror charges brought over deaths of tourists in Morocco

Two Scandinavian women were found killed in a remote mountain region on December 17.

Tributes are placed in memory of two Scandinavian university students (Thomas Sjoerup/Ritzau Scanpix/AP)
Tributes are placed in memory of two Scandinavian university students (Thomas Sjoerup/Ritzau Scanpix/AP)

By Associated Press Reporter

Moroccan prosecutors have filed preliminary terrorism charges against 15 people who are suspected of links to the killing of two Scandinavian women in the Atlas Mountains.

Morocco’s public prosecutor said in a statement the charges include forming a gang to prepare and commit terrorist acts and premeditated murder.

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Moroccans hold a candlelight vigil outside the Norwegian embassy in Rabat (Mosa’ab Elshamy/AP)

Three of the suspects face additional charges for allegedly urging the others to commit acts of terrorism.

The women, one from Denmark and one from Norway, were found dead in a remote mountain region on December 17.

Authorities have described the slayings as an alleged attack by followers of the Islamic State group.

The 15 suspects were referred on Sunday to an investigating judge who handles terror-related cases.

More suspects are expected to be charged in the coming days.

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