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Imlil killings : Danish ambassador to Rabat touched by Moroccans’ compassion

Nikolaj Harris, Denmark's Ambassador to Morocco./Ph. DR
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Danish ambassador Nikolaj Harris to Morocco said he was touched by the reaction of Moroccans following the murders in Imlil that took the lives of two Scandinavian backpackers, reports Danish newspaper DR.

«What helped us the most is to see Moroccans showing compassion», said Harris, stressing that the country is in a «state of shock».

The diplomat felt reassured receiving mails and messages from strangers, colleagues and counterparts on social media. «There was a gathering in front of the embassy and people came to honor the memory of the two young women carrying flowers and candles», he told the same source.

Nikolaj Harris didn’t not miss the opportunity to hail the efforts made by the Moroccan authorities, indicating that they «take the case very seriously».

Meanwhile, the ambassador spoke of the pieces of advises the embassy is now giving to Danish tourists. He stressed that «with what happened we considered updating the security notice for Danish tourists traveling in Morocco».

«We adjusted the instructions, advising them against hiking alone in deserted areas», said Harris, adding that when authorities announced that the murders might be terror-related «we realized that terror acts can take place in remoted areas too».

For the record, Danish student Louisa Jespersen and her Norwegian friend Maren Ueland were found dead, Monday, in their tent 10 kilometers away from Imlil, the starting point for treks to Mount Toubkal.

Authorities have managed to arrest the four suspects who pledged allegiance to ISIS one week before the killings.

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