As more details drip in about the horrific killing of Louisa Vesterager Jespersen, 24, from Denmark, and Maren Ueland, 28, from Norway in Morocco last week, social media commenters pointed out that one of the two asked for ‘respect for Islam’ in 2015 on social media when she shared a post with a video shaming Islamophobia.
Her Facebook page, which has been deleted now after people kept posting videos of her decapitation on it, showed the young woman sharing a post with a pro-Islam video. The clip was entitled Never judge people by their appearance and was originally posted by Sanaullah Mojaddedi.
Meanwhile, back in Morocco, Mr Boubker Sabik, a spokesman for the security and domestic intelligence services, now claims that the arrest of nine more people connected to the four already arrested in the murder case had foiled a further terror plot.
Mr Sabik said on the state 2M TV channel that the four suspects, all aged between 25 and 33 years old, acted as lone wolves without any coordination from IS as to who their target should be. They had headed to the Imlil area intent on committing a crime but without selecting the two girls in advance.
They had pledged allegiance to Islamic State in a video made on the Friday before the bodies were found, but without direct contact with the foreign entity.
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The Moroccan police, without explaining how the authorities had come to their conclusions, was keen to describe the four as "lone wolves". "The crime was not coordinated with Islamic State," they said. "Lone wolves do not need permission from their leader."
One of them was apparently already arrested in 2013 as part of a crackdown on individuals who wanted to join extremists abroad, adding that they suspected this person had radicalised the other three.
Referring to the nine other suspects detained on Friday in various Moroccan cities (by now a total of 13 people have been arrested), Mr Sabik said their arrests "spared Morocco a terrorist plot."
Electronic devices, hunting rifles, knives and materials that could be used for bomb-making were all found in the course of those raids. Morocco ensured European nations that it is stepping up efforts to counter security threats posed by the return of Islamic State fighters from Syria and Iraq. So far, some 242 out of 1,669 Moroccans who joined the militant group have been arrested in the major Moroccan cities in the past few years. Security services do admit that in the mountainous and rural areas they have less control.
Meanwhile European travel agents have updated their travel advice for Morocco with many advising women not to travel alone.
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