The arrest of nine other men in connection with the beheadings of two Scandinavian backpackers in Morocco thwarts a "terrorist plot," the investigators said Sunday.
Boubker Sabik, a spokesman for Moroccan security and intelligence services. Reuters said the additional arrests were investigated in the investigation of the two women identified as Maren Ueland (28) from Norway and Louisa Vesterager (24) from Denmark.
The women were found dead Monday with bruises on their necks near the village of Imlil, a starting point for hikes to Mount Toubkal, the highest mountain in North Africa.
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The arrests reported by investigators nationwide on Friday bring the total number of suspects to 13 in the event of their killings. Four other men were arrested earlier ,
Sabik said the arrests of the nine "Morocco spared a terrorist plot", as they were found with a variety of items such as electronic equipment, knives, material for making bombs and unauthorized rifles. He did not elaborate on the conspiracy itself.
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The intention to commit a crime, said Sabik.
He said that the suspects were seen in a video before the bodies were promised to the terrorist network of the Islamic State, the suspects were "lone wolves". 19659008] "The crime was not coordinated with the Islamic State," said Sabik. "Individual wolves do not need permission from their leader."
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He said, "The video has no background and the victim's clothing is not identical to that in reality." The Norwegian town said last week that the video was probably authentic.
Morocco is generally regarded as safe for tourists, but so far Islamic extremists have been out of the way for years.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.