Moroccan authorities have arrested a suspect following the murder of two Scandinavian tourists in the High Atlas mountains, the interior ministry said.

The man was arrested in Marrakech, Morocco’s largest tourist hub.

Other suspects were being sought over the deaths of the women, a Dane and a Norwegian, whose bodies were found with cuts on their necks, the ministry said on Tuesday.

Their bodies were found in an isolated area on the way to North Africa’s highest peak of Toubkal.

Toubkal is a popular trekking and hiking destination 82km south of Morocco‘s, Marrakech.

According to NRK, a Norwegian media outlet, both were students at the University of South-Eastern Norway, and travelled to Morocco for Christmas holiday.

They were planning to spend a month in the country, according to the rector Petter Aasen at the USN.

An investigation has been opened to determine the circumstances of the “criminal incident”.

The police reportedly blocked the roads in the region where the incident occurred.

Tourism is a key sector for the country’s economy, accounting for 10 percent of the country’s income. 

Al Jazeera and news agencies


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