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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

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.