A sick video showing a Scandinavian backpacker being murdered in Morocco has been found to be real, authorities have said.
Danish officials have authenticated the chilling footage, which is thought to have been filmed on a mobile phone, AFP reports.
It comes after three men were arrested in relation to the murder of two Scandinavian tourists.
Danish authorities said ISIS may be responsible for the killings of Maren Ueland, 28, from Norway, and Louisa Vesterager Jespersen, 24, from Denmark.
The pair were discovered with cuts to their neck in the tourist village of Imlil in the Atlas mountains.
Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen said the murders were “politically motivated and thus a terrorist act.”
He added that “there are still dark forces that want to fight our values” and “we must not give in.”
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The women were found in an isolated area on the way to North Africa’s highest peak of Toubkal, officials said.
Local newspapers have released pictures of three out of the four suspects
Reports suggest that the killers shouted in the clip: “This is for our brothers in Syria, here are the heads of your enemies.”
A kitchen knife was used to cut the neck of the woman in the video, the Sun reported.
Police have not yet released the names and ages of the men, and are not thought to be pursuing any other suspects in relation to the crime.
The two latest suspects are from the city of Safi, west of Marrakesh.
Their detention follows the arrest of a man from Marrakesh yesterday.
The original suspect’s ID card was found at the scene of the murder.
Prosecutors said the captured man has terrorist affiliations, but have not confirmed which militant group he belongs to.
The three men are said to have camped next to the tent belonging to the victims and were captured on camera fleeing the area in the early hours of the morning.
Officers have said they intend on taking the suspects to the murder scene and have them reenact the murders.
A man who discovered the bodies claims one of the women had been decapitated.
Speaking to the Mail Online, the anonymous resident said: “I saw the two bodies before the police arrived. One was outside the tent and the other inside. The one outside had been beheaded.”
Police are yet to comment on the claims.
No organisation or group has come forward to claim the murders.
One of the murders was filmed on a mobile phone and then widely circulated on social media, prompting outrage in the country.
The interior ministry said the women’s bodies had been found with “signs of violence on their necks” that had been “caused by a cutting device”.
Louisa’s mum Helle Jespersen has told local media the family is completely “broken”.
She said: “She was always happy and positive,” adding that her daughter saw the best in everyone.
The mum said she hopes investigators find the ‘culprit’, but admitted she is not hopeful.
Helle spoke of the moment she was told about her daughter’s death by police who turned up at her door.
“When I went out and saw that there were two officers, I knew what had happened. I broke down,” she said.
The University of Southeastern Norway, were both women had attended, confirmed that the pair had been on a “month-long private holiday, adding: “Our thoughts go to the families.”
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