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Islamic State Militants Sentenced to Death for Morocco Tourist Killings

Islamic State Militants Sentenced to Death for Morocco Tourist Killings

Members of Moroccan security forces stand guard as a vehicle transporting the suspects charged over the murder of two Scandinavian women hiking in Morocco, drives outside a court in Sale, near the capital Rabat on May 30, 2019.

Members of Moroccan security forces stand guard as a vehicle transporting the suspects charged over the murder of two Scandinavian women hiking in Morocco, drives outside a court in Sale, near the capital Rabat on May 30, 2019.

Photographer: Fadel Senna/AFP via Getty Images

Members of Moroccan security forces stand guard as a vehicle transporting the suspects charged over the murder of two Scandinavian women hiking in Morocco, drives outside a court in Sale, near the capital Rabat on May 30, 2019.

Photographer: Fadel Senna/AFP via Getty Images

A Moroccan court on Thursday sentenced three Islamic State loyalists to death for the murder of two Scandinavian backpackers last year, an attack that rattled the kingdom largely spared the Islamist-fueled violence gripping other parts of North Africa.

Another defendant received a life sentence, while 20 others were sentenced to terms ranging from five to 30 years on charges of being accessories to the crime, abetting or propagating material that condoned the attack, the Medias24 news website reported. The verdicts can be appealed.

Morocco Suspects Extremist Agenda Behind Killing of Tourists (1)

The two women -- one from Denmark and the other a Norwegian -- were beheaded in the country’s Atlas mountains in December.

Morocco relies on tourism for jobs and foreign currency. Before the incident, the last terrorist attack was in 2011 when a militant detonated a homemade bomb that killed 17 at a busy cafe in the heart of Marrakesh, one of the country’s main destinations. Security services have arrested dozens of purported militants since for allegedly plotting attacks.