Crowds of people in Norway gathered to pay homage to the two Scandinavian tourists violently killed by radicalized individuals near Mount Toubkal.
Rabat – On Monday, hundreds of people observed two minutes of silence at Bo University in Norway, where the women were studying.
Moroccan authorities found the bodies of Louisa Vesterager Jespersen and Maren Ueland on December 17, 2018, near Imlil in the Atlas Mountains.
“It is very difficult for all of us, especially for the students who lived and studied with them,” university director Annette Bischoff told AFP.
The university’s memorial followed rallies carried out by Moroccans to honor the victims in December.
Moroccans gathered in front of the Danish and Norwegian embassies in Rabat to condemn the terror attack.
Before the memorial sit ins, Moroccans displayed many gestures of sympathy toward the murdered Scandinavian tourists. Moroccans started by sharing the hashtag “#sorry” and commenting on a statement that went viral.
Morocco’s Central Bureau of Judicial Investigation (BCIJ) arrested 23 suspects in connection to the double murders.
BCIJ, however, said that the suspects did not commit the crime in coordination with ISIS.
The last suspect BCIJ arrested in the case was a Swiss-Spaniard on December 29.
The head of BCIJ, Abdelhak Khiame, said that the Swiss-Spanish suspect was not “directly involved in the assassination of the two students, but he knew the perpetrators.”
Khiame added that the suspects had viewed ISIS propaganda films.
The suspects appeared before an investigating judge pending their trial after BCIJ finalized the investigation.
Suspects involved in terror crimes typically receive sentences ranging from 10 to 20 years in prison.