Morocco arrested a Swiss man on Saturday in Marrakech on suspicion of involvement in the deaths of two Scandinavian female tourists. The man would be responsible for recruiting and training the men who carried out the gruesome murder of the Scandinavian backpackers. The latest suspect in the case has not been named but police said he also has a Spanish passport.
The Central Bureau of Judicial Investigations said in a statement “the man was detained on Saturday in Marrakech, Morocco. Moroccan counterterrorism forces allege he taught social media skills and archery to some suspects who carried out the murders,” Morocco's first terrorist attack in years.
The statement says he is also suspected of involvement in recruiting Moroccans and sub-Saharan Africans for "terrorist schemes" targeted at "foreign interests and security forces." It did not identify him or provide details.
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Thus far, nineteen people have been arrested in connection with the killings in the Atlas Mountains. Four main suspects swore allegiance to the Islamic State terror network in a video. The video was made three days before the killings. The authorities described the suspects as 'lone wolves' before but now admit that they were part of a wider terrorist cell operating in the country.
It is possible that the Swiss man was the one responsible for the graphic video showing Ms Jespersen's murder. It was filmed by one of the assailants and later uploaded to social media, where it went viral after thousands of people unfortunately shared it on Facebook, Twitter, 4Chan and Reddit.
During the horrific video which shows the girls being killed (which was also sent via Facebook to the girls' parents), the perpetrators can be heard saying: "It's Allah's will. This is revenge for our brothers in Hajine in Syria. These are your heads, enemy of God."
Jespersen's mother, Ms Helle Petersen, said earlier this week in Danish newspaper B.T. that her daughter was "always happy and positive. Everyone loved her and she saw the best in everyone."
She admitted that she had warned her daughter about travelling to Morocco "because of the chaotic situation," but insisted on not blaming the country for what happened.
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