They would have been raped first and then brutally murdered the two Scandinavian girls found lifeless Monday and beheaded in Morocco, where they had gone for an excursion on the highest peak of North Africa, Mount Toubkal, about seventy kilometers from Marrakech. This is what emerges from the investigation launched by the police authorities of the African country that now even speculate an act of terrorism. According to local media, in fact, an alleged video of the beheading of the two young people would have appeared on the web, a video in which a man is seen holding a knife in his hand in the act of decapitating one of the two girls. A film that would have directed the investigators to a local group, as confirmed by the Moroccan attorney general who spoke openly about terrorism investigations.
The two students, the 24-year-old Danish Louisa Jesperen, and the 28-year-old Norwegian Maren Ueland, had placed their tent on the Imlil plain a few kilometers from the town where the expeditions to the summit of the mountain depart. In the same tent they were attacked in the night between Sunday and Monday by a group of young people who had just been seen in the village, also filmed by some surveillance cameras. The tortured corpses of the two young tourists were discovered only several hours later when another group of hikers passed through the area and gave the alarm.
Initially it was thought of a local criminal gang, also ill-organized, given that during the escape one of them had also lost the wallet that had brought the police straight to his home where he was arrested. The next film and the profile of the suspect and of the three accomplices, who would have links with the radical Islamist milieu, have however re-emerged the terrorist hypothesis. According to local media in the grisly images that appeared online, another man is also seen near the corpse of the second girl and in the background the voices of a third and fourth accomplice shouting "revenge". According to local media, the suspects were camped in the same area where the murder took place and some witnesses saw the group at night as they headed toward the camp area.
After a brief manhunt, the Royal Prosecutor of Rabat announced that he had also arrested the other three people suspected of the murder of the two Scandinavian girls. According to some Norwegian media, the four would have links with Isis but Moroccan investigators for now only speak of links with local extremist groups. In the meantime, the Danish intelligence services (PET) have confirmed the authenticity of the video spread online while the Danish Prime Minister, Lars Loekke Rasmussen, explained that the murder can be considered "politically motivated and therefore an act of terrorism", commenting: "There are still dark forces that want to fight our values and in front of which we must not give up".