STREAMING NOW: Watch Now

Arrests made after two tourists beheaded in Morocco

Three suspects have been arrested and officials said a terrorist motive is being investigated after two Scan...

Posted: Dec 21, 2018 11:37 AM
Updated: Dec 21, 2018 11:37 AM

Three suspects have been arrested and officials said a terrorist motive is being investigated after two Scandinavian tourists were found murdered and beheaded in the mountains of Morocco.

The bodies of two women -- Danish Louisa Jespersen, 24, and Norwegian Maren Ueland, 28 -- were discovered in the High Atlas mountain range on Monday.

Africa

Arrests

Continents and regions

Crime, law enforcement and corrections

Crimes against persons

Criminal law

Criminal offenses

Homicide

Law and legal system

Law enforcement

Middle East and North Africa

Morocco

Murder

Northern Africa

Tourism

Travel and tourism

Government and public administration

Government bodies and offices

Government departments and authorities

Intelligence services

International relations and national security

National security

Both had been spotted with three men in their hotel in Marrakesh before heading to the Atlas mountains to hike. They were found in Imlil, an unguarded and remote area on the mountain range.

A video purporting to show the murder, which has been uploaded to social media, is being analyzed by the Danish Security and Intelligence Service, the agency confirmed to CNN. They have not verified the video's authenticity.

"Much indicates that the killing can be politically motivated and thus a terrorist act," Danish Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen said in a statement. "It fills me with anger and disgust, and I take the sharpest distance from these barbaric and bestial actions."

The three alleged perpetrators were taken into custody on Thursday morning in Marrakesh. The men are shepherds and are aged between 25 and 33, according to Moroccan state broadcaster 2M, and one is believed to have links to an extremist group.

The Moroccan Press Agency previously reported that the pair had been killed with a "melee weapon."

A first suspect was arrested on Tuesday, the Central Bureau for Judicial Investigation confirmed. "An investigation into the possibility of a motive of terrorism in the crime is also underway," the bureau said in a statement.

Correction: In a previous version of this story, we misidentified the Moroccan capital. The capital of Morocco is Rabat.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 32994

Reported Deaths: 547
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Multnomah7204138
Marion469594
Washington454060
Umatilla298741
Clackamas242061
Malheur163327
Lane123417
Jackson11615
Deschutes85212
Yamhill76213
Jefferson5418
Polk53215
Linn52213
Morrow5056
Lincoln48213
Union4462
Benton3146
Wasco2963
Klamath2802
Hood River2520
Douglas2334
Clatsop2170
Josephine1982
Columbia1791
Coos1570
Baker942
Crook621
Tillamook530
Lake330
Curry310
Wallowa311
Sherman180
Harney120
Grant100
Gilliam80
Unassigned00
Wheeler00

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 812711

Reported Deaths: 15633
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Los Angeles2684556515
Riverside589321206
San Bernardino54482925
Orange534481216
San Diego46734776
Kern31994369
Fresno28441382
Sacramento22356406
Santa Clara21241314
Alameda21240406
San Joaquin20245441
Contra Costa16640206
Stanislaus16471356
Tulare15970263
Ventura12775150
Imperial11852317
San Francisco11195101
Monterey995372
San Mateo9897150
Santa Barbara9090113
Merced8872142
Kings765180
Sonoma7412122
Marin6730118
Solano640065
Madera453965
Placer358745
San Luis Obispo356229
Butte283344
Yolo281555
Santa Cruz23609
Sutter170511
Napa169013
San Benito134811
Yuba11537
El Dorado11304
Mendocino93418
Shasta88317
Lassen7400
Glenn5783
Tehama5735
Lake55511
Nevada5377
Colusa5316
Humboldt5088
Calaveras31714
Amador29616
Tuolumne2274
Inyo18815
Mono1662
Siskiyou1650
Del Norte1391
Mariposa752
Plumas500
Modoc270
Trinity160
Sierra60
Alpine20
Unassigned00
Medford
Clear
60° wxIcon
Hi: 97° Lo: 54°
Feels Like: 60°
Brookings
Overcast
57° wxIcon
Hi: 73° Lo: 55°
Feels Like: 57°
Crater Lake
Clear
42° wxIcon
Hi: 86° Lo: 43°
Feels Like: 42°
Grants Pass
Overcast
57° wxIcon
Hi: 96° Lo: 55°
Feels Like: 57°
Klamath Falls
Clear
42° wxIcon
Hi: 87° Lo: 40°
Feels Like: 42°
Hot and dry week, smoke returns
KDRV Radar
KDRV Fire Danger
KDRV Weather Cam

Community Events

Latest Video

Image

Tuesday, September 29th Evening Weather

Image

MEDFORD SCHOOL DISTRICT RESPONDS AFTER EXPLICIT 'ZOOM BOMBING'

Image

Tuesday, September 29 morning weather

Image

Possible housing solutions after wildfires

Image

Monday, September 28th Evening Weather

Image

Similarities in days had southern Oregonians on edge

Image

Monday, September 28 afternoon weather

Image

Monday, September 28 morning weather

Image

Sunday, September 27 evening weather

Image

Sunday, September 27 morning weather