A total of 15 suspects are now charged in the murders just before Christmas of two Scandinavian women in Morocco. Another seven are being called into court to face charges in January.
Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reported that the 15 were formally charged in a Moroccan court on Sunday, including a man with both Swiss and Spanish citizenship who lives in Morocco. He was arrested in Marrakech on Saturday, suspected of teaching those charged with the actual murders how to use communications equipment and weapons.
Four men have been singled out as the main murder suspects. They were arrested in Marrakech and are believed to belong to a group inspired by the ideology of the brutal terrorist group IS. None of the men, however, has had actual contact with IS members either in Syrial or Iraq, according to a report from news bureau AFP.
Other alleged IS sympathizers have been arrested in various cities around Morocco including Tanger and cities just outside Agadir and Casablanca. Police have also seized knives, rifles and possible explosives. All the arrests are in connection with the murders of 28-year-old Maren Ueland from Bryne in Rogaland and 24-year-old Louisa Vesterager Jespersen of Denmark. They were hiking in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco when they were attacked at their campsite.