Video shows ‘ISIS fanatics’ brand backpackers ‘enemies of god’ as one is killed

Video shows ‘ISIS fanatics’ brand backpackers ‘enemies of god’ as one is killed

A video of the murder of the Scandinavian backpackers shows suspected ISIS terrorists branding the women "enemies of God" as one of the tourists is decapitated.

The horrifying video of the killings has been circulating on social media after Louisa Vesterager Jespersen, 24, from Denmark, and Maren Ueland, 28, from Norway, who were both found stabbed to death in woodland on Monday.

Now gruesome details from the horrifying clip have emerged as the Danish intelligence service confirmed the video showing the murder of one of the women is genuine.

The men can reportedly be heard shouting "it’s Allah’s will" while others claim they hear "this is for Syria" also being said.

On Thursday night, a video of the four men suspected of murdering the two women emerged of them pledging allegiance to ISIS in a chilling video.

The footage apparently shows the men pledging allegiance to Daesh leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, condemning "destruction caused by the warplanes of the Crusader alliance".

One of the suspects, sitting in front on a black and white flag, is seen brandishing a knife in the chilling footage.

The speaker reportedly goes on to say: "Keep fighting the enemies of Allah, wherever you are, you have no excuse and, be informed that we are your supporters… you have allies among us."

Morocco’s general prosecutor has confirmed the authenticity of the video, which shows the men threaten to carry out attacks.

Investigations by Morocco’s Central Bureau for Judicial Investigation also showed that the video was made last week before the killing of the two women.

The victims were found in an isolated area on the way to North Africa’s highest peak of Toubkal, officials said.

Investigators say terrorism was a motive behind their deaths.

Danish intelligence said earlier on Thursday that Islamic State could be behind the killings.

Investigations by the bureau also showed the video was made last week before the killing of the two women. The evidence discovered so far pointed to a terrorist motive, the bureau said.

Preliminary investigations of the video found that it was shot in a different place from where the women’s bodies were found, a police source told Reuters.

Ms Ueland and Ms Vesterager Jespersen were studying to be outdoor guides and left for Morocco on a ‘month long private holiday’.

They were seen with three men in Marrakesh before heading on their hike.

An employee at their hotel said the men were waiting for the women, telling MailOnline: "While they were packing, three other guys were waiting for them outside the hotel. They were Moroccans.

"They were young and they seemed clean-cut. They didn’t seem like they were criminals. They were young, not more than 27 or 28 years old, and they seemed like nice guys, not at all suspicious.

"I think they met with the girls in the square and started speaking in English, and that’s how they met.

"[They] left with the guys…and we didn’t hear about them again until the 17th, when we heard that they had been murdered."

The four suspects are said to be aged between 25 and 33.

Danish intelligence said earlier on Thursday that Islamic State could be behind the killings.

"The video and preliminary investigation according to the Moroccan authorities indicate that the killings may be related to the terrorist organisation Islamic State," the Danish intelligence service said in a statement.

"This is a case of an unusually bestial killing of two totally innocent young women," it said.

Before leaving, Jespersen had posted on Facebook about her upcoming trip.

"Dear friends, I’m going to Morocco in December. Any of you guys who’s around by then or any mountain friends who knows something about Mount Toubkal?"

Compared to other countries in North Africa, Morocco has been largely insulated from militant attacks. The most recent took place in April 2011, when 17 people were killed in a bombing of a restaurant in Marrakech.

"This is a brutal and meaningless attack on innocent people, which we react to with disgust and condemnation," Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg said in a statement.

Ms Ueland’s mother, Irene, told Norwegian broadcaster NRK: "Her priority was safety. The girls had taken all precautionary measures before embarking on this trip."

Louisa’s mum Helle Jespersen has told local media the family is completely "broken".

She said: "She was always happy and positive," adding that her daughter saw the best in everyone.

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