Vendors at the Bab Doukala bus station in Marrakech helped police arrest the murder suspects when they noticed something out of the ordinary.
Rabat – While walking up a bus aisle selling peanuts and water on Thursday, Sliman E-Chin and Said El Assoul were surprised to see a knife butt sticking out of a bag.
The bag belonged to one of three passengers sitting in the back row of the bus headed to Agadir from Marrakech, local outlet Kech 24 reported.
Seeing a knife puzzled the two vendors, who ultimately decided to inform the police officer by the bus station gate. The police officer discretely asked the bus driver to pull up without attracting the suspects’ attention.
Soon other local police and officers from the Central Bureau of Judicial Investigation (BCIJ) came to make the arrest.
Police had been searching for the three men in connection to the murders of two Scandinavian tourists on Monday: Louisa Vesterager Jespersen, 24, from Denmark and Maren Ueland, 28, from Norway.
After catching the first suspect on Tuesday, the BCIJ determined he was part of a radicalized group and began searching for the three suspects. The BCIJ later confirmed it was investigating the murders as a terror attack.
Police arrested another nine suspects later Thursday and Friday.
After hearing the vendors’ story, social media users hailed E-Chin and El Assoul as heroes who thwarted possible further terror attacks in the future.
The police in Marrakech seized the suspects’ weapons, which included multiple knives and a slingshot. Louisa and Maren were found dead with knife wounds to their necks.