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Imlil Murders: Terrorists ask for forgiveness

The perpetrators of the Scandinavian massacre finally described in front of the judges the proceedings of this evening of December 17th when they beheaded the two women in Imlil before publishing a video on the Internet.

Aged 26, the head of this terrorist cell, Abdessamad Joud, residing in the commune of Tamansourt in Marrakesh, had already had to face justice by serving a three-year prison sentence for trying to rally the state in Syria and Iraq. He had also sought to join the Islamic branch in Libya, without success, before falling back on the manufacture of explosives and consider attacking the police to seize their weapons.

The chance meeting with the two Scandinavian tourists was spent on the evening of December 17, as they headed for the Chamharouch Mausoleum in the Imlil region. The three individuals pitched their tent a few meters from the two girls, before surprising them at midnight by stabbing them while the third individual filmed the scene. The two accomplices then decided to behead the two Scandinavians.

Subsequently, the three accomplices traveled about twenty kilometers to Marrakech where they published the video of the crime on the Telegram application, and another in which they pledge allegiance to Daesh, threatening to commit other crimes and terrorist operations in Morocco.

A few hours later, the three individuals were stopped by the security services, while they were heading towards Agadir in a transport bus. In his statements to the investigating judge, the head of this cell says he regrets his actions: “I sincerely regret my actions, and I ask God for forgiveness and repentance”.

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