Gjengen på fire som slaktet Maren Ueland og Louisa Vesterager Jespersen hadde tidligere på dagen støtt på en britisk turist, men de lot ham gå da han fortalte dem at han var muslim.

A gang of jihadists “who beheaded two Scandinavian hikers in Morocco almost murdered a British tourist instead but let him go after he said he was a Muslim.”

De oppdaget en eldre mann i Atlasfjellene og innledet en samtale for å finne ut om han var et offer de var ute etter. Men da mannen sa han var muslim, falt det bort.

The bloodthirsty gang, who were allegedly looking for westerners to murder on behalf of ISIS, spotted the elderly Briton in the Atlas mountains on December 17, Moroccan counter-terror investigators said.

The group befriended him before asking what his religion was, and when he revealed he was a Muslim, they allowed him to continue on his way.

But an hour later the same group met Louisa Vesterager Jespersen, 24, from Denmark, and Maren Ueland, 28, from Norway, and murdered them both.

The attackers filmed one of the women being beheaded, with gruesome footage circulated among ISIS forums online.

Fifteen men have since been charged with terrorism offenses over the crime.

Moroccan counter-terror chief Abdelhak Khiam said the arrested men revealed they spoke to a Briton before the two women showed up.

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