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Danish PM among hundreds at funeral for tourist killed in Morocco



The Danish prime minister was among the hundreds of mourners at the funeral of a young tourist murdered in Morocco.

Louisa Vesterager Jespersen, 24, was killed along with 28-year-old Maren Ueland from Norway, while camping in the Atlas Mountains last month

Their bodies were found by other tourists on the day after with the Moroccan authorities who claimed to have been beheaded in a "terrorist" act.

The 45-minute funeral was held Saturday in a church in Ikast, in the Mid Jutland region of Denmark.

  Family and friends follow the coffin during the funeral of Danish student Louisa Vesterager Jespersen at Fonnesbaek church in Ikast, Denmark, 12 January 2019
Image: [19659007] Family and friends bring the student's coffin Danish Louisa Vesterager Jespersen

According to the BT newspaper, over 400 people attended and one more room had to be opened to accommodate the numbers.

Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen He said: "Even if the pain is unbearable, we must not succumb.

" We must remember who we are, what we are made of and what we represent. "

  Louisa Vesterager Jespersen and Maren Ueland were killed Photo: Louisa Vesterager Jespersen / Maren Ueland
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Louisa Vesterager Jespersen and Maren Ueland were on holiday Pic: Louisa Vesterager Jespersen / Maren Ueland

Twenty-two people were arrested in Morocco in connection with the murders including four main suspects believed to have been inspired by the Islamic State.

Banco del Marocco The terrorist leader Abdelhak Khiam said that none of the four had contacts with members of the terrorist group in Syria or Iraq.

The two young women, who had studied outdoor activities and tourism at the universities of south-eastern Norway, arrived in Morocco on December 9 for what was supposed to be a one-month vacation.

  This photo shows texts, photos and candles arranged as Moroccans pay homage to the Danish killed Louisa Vesterager Jespersen and the Norwegian Maren Ueland in Rabat, in front of the Norwegian Embassy on 22 December 2018
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The murders shook Morocco and the people left flowers and postcards outside the Norwegian embassy of the country

Their bodies were found only and the days after.

Ms. Ueland's funeral will be held in Norway on January 21st.

Tourism accounts for 10% of Morocco's national income and the country is generally sheltered from jihadist attacks since a 2011 attack in Marrakech killed 17 people, most of them European tourists.


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