TWO Scandinavian female backpackers have been found dead in a popular trekking spot in Morocco after reportedly being beheaded.
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 where they had set up their tent.
Their bodies were found in a “remote mountainous region” about about 6.2 miles from the centre.
One of them has been named as Louisa Jespersen, 24, who was backpacking with her Norwegian pal Maren Ueland, 28.
According to Morocco World News, a witness, who asked to not to be named, said the women were “allegedly found decapitated”, although this has not been verified.
The Moroccan Interior Ministry said there was was “evidence of violence on their necks” inflicted by a “sharp weapon”.
Both were students “outdoor activities and cultural guidance” at a Norwegian college in the village if Bo, in Telemark.
They had reportedly set up a camp near Imlil which is a popular tourist destination at the foot of the Toubkal peak which is the highest in Africa.
The Interior Ministry says an investigation was opened to “clarify the circumstances of this crime”.
A man has been arrested in connection with the slayings.
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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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