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Female tourists found dead in Morocco

Image copyright Getty ImagesThe bodies were found near Imlil, in Morocco’s High Atlas mountains

Two Scandinavian women tourists have been found dead in Morocco with cuts to their necks, the country’s interior ministry said.

Both bodies were found near the town of Imlil in the High Atlas mountain range.

The families of the women, from Denmark and Norway, have been notified, officials from the two countries confirmed.

A suspect has been arrested in the city of Marrakesh on suspicion of murder, according to Moroccan authorities.

The man was being held in custody “to determine the motive of the crime while investigations continue to arrest other individuals who have been identified and suspected of taking part in criminal acts”, the central bureau of judicial investigation said in a statement.

The women had been sharing a tent 10km (6 miles) from Imlil and their bodies had been found inside the tent on Monday, near the foot of North Africa’s highest peak, Mount Toubkal, reports said.

One of the women was named as Maren Ueland, 28, from Norway. Danish officials have not yet confirmed the identity of the second woman.

Maren Ueland’s mother Irene told public broadcaster NRK that the pair had been studying together at the University of South-Eastern Norway and had gone backpacking for their Christmas holiday on 9 December.

High Atlas mountainsImage copyrightAFP/GETTY
The area near Mount Toubkal is a popular trekking spot

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