Police probe tourists death in Morocco, criminal investigation begins

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NORWEGIAN state television reports that a criminal investigation has been launched after the bodies of two backpackers in their twenties were found with violent injuries reportedly caused by a sharp object.

Two women, a Norwegian and a Dane, were found dead in a mountainous area in Morocco.

The women, both in their twenties, reportedly were on a backpacking trip in the North African country.

“We are aware that a Norwegian citizen is reported dead in Morocco. We are now working through our Embassy in Rabat to map the situation and find out what has happened. In doing this, we are upholding contact with Moroccan authorities”, Norwegian Foreign Minister press officer Ane Lunde told state-run television.

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

BACKGROUND

The UK government issues the following advice for those wishing to travel to Morocco:

Around 650,000 visitors from the UK come to Morocco every year. Most visits are trouble-free.

Morocco is a Muslim country which follows Islamic laws and customs. You should respect these at all times. See Local Laws and Customs

Terrorists are likely to try to carry out attacks in Morocco. You should be vigilant at all times. See Terrorism

Demonstrations take place occasionally across the country. Most of these are peaceful, but you should take sensible security precautions and avoid all demonstrations. See Political situation

Morocco has a poor road safety record. See Road travel

If you’re travelling to Western Sahara, you should read our travel advice for this disputed territory.

The Overseas Business Risk service offers information and advice for British companies operating overseas on how to manage political, economic, and business security-related risks.

If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission.

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.

 

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