Morocco’s BCIJ arrested three more suspects Thursday involved in the killing of two Scandinavian tourists near Mount Toubkal.
Rabat – Morocco World News has received a statement confirming that Morocco’s Central Bureau of Judicial Investigation (BCIJ) arrested three more suspects in Marrakech involved in murdering two Scandinavian tourists 10 kilometers from the village of Imlil in the Atlas mountains.
BCIJ had arrested the first suspect on Tuesday, a day after the bodies of the two young female hikers from Norway and Denmark were found.
Confirming his arrest on Wednesday night, Morocco’s public prosecutor at Rabat’s Court of Appeals said that the first suspect is a part of a “radicalized” group.
An official source also told Morocco World News that authorities are investigating the murders as a potential terrorist act.
The statement from BCIJ added that investigations are underway to determine the circumstances of the incident, as well as to verify the potential terror motives behind the crime.
Who are the suspects?
Photos of three suspects have been widely shared by social media users, who strongly condemned the “hideous” crime committed against the tourists from Norway and Denmark.
The names of the three suspects arrested were also revealed. All of the suspects, according to local media, live in “marginal neighborhoods” around Marrakech.
Police arrested Rachid Aftati, born in 1986, an alleged small businessman, in connection to the crime. Aftati lives in Al Kayed, in a rural area called Harbil, 30 kilometers from Marrakech.
The second suspect, Azid Youness, is a 27-year-old carpenter who lives in Al Azzouzia, Marrakech. The third suspect, Abdelsamad Ijoud, is a 25-year-old who lives in the Zeroual neighborhood in Marrakech.