Two Scandinavian Backpackers Beheaded by Islamists in Morocco
Louisa Vesterager Jespersen, 24, from Denmark, and Maren Ueland, 28, from Norway were both stabbed to death and one was beheaded on camera. Footage of the appalling attack has been posted to one of their mother’s Facebook.
Friends and family have urged people not to view the video which has been shared across social media. The women’s bodies were discovered by a group of French hikers on Monday and flown to Copenhagen Friday.
“It was horrible. They were broken,” one of the French hikers said. “We warned everyone we saw in Imlil not to go up there. I did not want more to see what we had seen...It was a big shock, we’re thinking about it all day. It makes you think about what’s important in life.”
Ueland's mother's Facebook page has been spammed with hundreds of images depicting her daughter's slit throat and Jespersen's severed head.
However, the vast majority of comments expressed condolences, many of which are from people claiming to be Moroccans and decrying the attacks.
Video of the suspects pledging allegiance to Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi has been authenticated by investigators, adding further evidence that this was indeed an act of terrorism.