PARIS – France has called its nationals to the "greatest vigilance" in their travels in Morocco, following the wild assassination by the terrorist organization Daech of two Scandinavian hikers in the region of the Atlas.
"It is recommended to exercise the utmost vigilance in traveling, especially in isolated areas," says the Quai d'Orsay in its advice to French travelers for Morocco, updated December 21 and who is still valid on Tuesday, recalling that two European tourists hiking in the High Atlas have been murdered.
This is Louisa Vesterager Jespersen, a 24-year-old Danish student and one of her friends, Maren Ueland, a 28-year-old Norwegian, who had gone on holiday together for a month in Morocco. Their bodies were found on a site where they had pitched the tent for the night, two hours walk from the village of Imlil, on the way to Mount Toubkal.
One of the two was "beheaded" by the self-proclaimed terrorist group "Islamic State" (Daesh / EI). The Quai d'Orsay recommended, for mountain excursions, "do not go alone and contact an authorized travel agency".
In its Monday edition, the British newspaper The Sun estimated that Morocco has become "a stepping stone" for the Daesh terrorist attacks in Europe, recommending that tourists be "vigilant at all times."
In an investigation conducted by The Sun, following the execution by Daesh of the two Scandinavian tourists, the journalist reveals that "Morocco is no longer a haven of peace and stability of the moment that foreigners are now become possible targets for local extremists ". This country has also become "a stepping stone" for the terrorist attacks of Daesh and "the breeding ground" of the extremist group that has invaded Europe, he added.