New development in the Imlil tragedy as Moroccan authorities arrest a Swiss national with links to the primary suspects.
Rabat – Morocco’s anti-terrorism unit, BCIJ, has arrested a new suspect in the double murder of the two Scandinavian tourists whose bodies were found earlier this month.
The suspect, a Swiss national who also hold the Spanish citizenship, was arrested in Marrakech where he lived and is believed to have strong connections with some of the already arrested suspects, including the four who carried out the double murder.
According to BCJI’s statement, the man was “radicalized” and had violent proclivities. He is suspected of providing technical and logistic assistance to the primary suspects.
BCIJ’s statement noted that the Swiss-Spanish man “trained the other suspects to use state-of-the art communication technologies.” He also taught them how to use arms, the statement added.
In addition to the training the primary suspects, the man spearheaded radicalization activities to lure Moroccan nationals and sub-Saharan migrants to join their radicalized cell.
The double murder of Imlil took Morocco by shock as the country has been close to irreproachable in its anti-terrorism efforts. Prior to Imlil, Morocco’s experience with terrorism dated back to 2011.
After the police discovered the slain bodies of the two Scandinavian in a camping spot near Mount Toubkal, Moroccans expressed frustration and sympathy. They apologized, sympathized in great number, and attended vigils in memoriam of the two murdered tourists.
Since the Imlil incident, Moroccan authorities have made a series of arrests. With the arrest of the Swiss suspect, Moroccan security services have so far arrested 20 individuals linked to the Imlil murder.