Rabat – A new video is going viral allegedly showing the four suspects that have been arrested in the murder of two Scandinavian tourists near Mount Toubkal in Morocco’s High Atlas Mountains. The video shows the suspects pledging allegiance to the leader of ISIS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
In the video posted on Twitter by an anonymous user, one of the men quotes part of a Qur’annic verse (9:29), “Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger.”
The suspect continued, saying al-Baghdadi has “soldiers in Morocco” to support ISIS.
“Answering the call of the emir of the faithful, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, and in support of our brothers everywhere, especially those in Hajin, we tell our caliph, ‘You have soldiers in Morocco only God knows about.’”
He added, “Our message to the supporters of the caliphate on the social media, may God bless them and acknowledge their endeavor; you have conveyed justice and truth to many of God’s people. May God bless you for that. However, this does not release you from the obligation of fighting [jihad] for God.”
The man addressed the audience, saying that the suspects have been “always supporting the fighters in the battlefields, yet we could not abstain [from jihad].
Speaking on the behalf of the other suspects, he added “We could not live in a land where the law of God (sharia) is not observed. How could we enjoy living when we are the first ones who watch the trail of destruction left by the aircraft of the crusader coalition?”
After authorities found the bodies of the victims on Monday, a video was widely shared on social media Wednesday evening, allegedly showing the murder of the two women tourists. In the video, one of the alleged murderers said, “This is a revenge for our brothers in Hajin.” The man was referring to a small town in eastern Syria that was ISIS’ last holdout.
Louisa Vesterager Jespersen, 24, from Denmark and Maren Ueland, 28, from Norway had been camping 10 kilometers from Imlil, a scenic village in the Atlas Mountains.