Two female backpackers found dead with their throats slashed near ‘isolated’ Moroccan village and popular tourist hiking trail

TWO Scandinavian female backpackers have been found dead in a popular trekking spot in Morocco with their throats cut, authorities said.

The tourists from Denmark and Norway, who were in their twenties, were discovered yesterday near the village of Imlil in the High Atlas mountain range and police have launched an investigation into the suspicious deaths.

The area nearby Mount Toubkal is a popular trekking spot with Western tourists
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Their bodies were found in a “remote mountainous region” about about 6.2 miles from the centre.

The Moroccan Interior Ministry said there was was “evidence of violence on their necks” inflicted by a “sharp weapon”.

The two women reportedly set up a tent near at the foot of the Toubkal peak in the Atlas Mountains in the El Haouz province of Morocco, a popular tourist destination.

The village typically is the starting point for treks to what is the highest peak in North Africa.

The Interior Ministry says an investigation was opened to “clarify the circumstances of this crime”.

Norwegian Foreign Minister press officer Ane Lunde told national broadcaster NRK: “We are aware that a Norwegian citizen is reported dead in Morocco.

“We are now working through our Embassy in Rabat to map the situation and find out what has happened.

“In doing this, we are upholding contact with Moroccan authorities”.

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