Three countries investigate Moroccan attackers who killed tourists

Rabat, Morocco — On Thursday, a Moroccan judge ordered a man suspected of fatally stabbing a French woman and injuring a Belgian visitor to receive a psychological evaluation.

A 78-year-old French woman was killed in a knife attack at a market in the southern Moroccan town of Tiznit on January 15, the French Ministry of Interior said in a statement.

Police said the suspect was a 31-year-old man who was arrested later that day in the city of Agadir, about 100 kilometers (60 miles) north of Tizneit. Before he was arrested, police said he had attacked again, attacking people with knives at a cafe along the coast of Agadir and injuring a Belgian woman. She was taken to a local hospital for multiple puncture wounds.

According to Moroccan police, the suspect has no criminal record. They added that he was treated in the psychiatric ward of Hassan I Hospital in Tisneit last year. An investigative judge in the capital Rabat ordered a man’s psychological evaluation. He was stationed at the Raj Mental Facility in Sale near Rabat.

Moroccan prosecutors have assigned the case to police counterterrorism forces to investigate “potential terrorist motives.”

In Paris, a French anti-terrorist prosecutor announced on Wednesday an investigation into “murders related to terrorist intentions” after the murder of French tourists in southern Morocco.

And the Belgian Federal Prosecution Service announced Thursday that it would investigate a possible relationship with terrorists in an attempted murder of a Belgian tourist in Morocco.

In 2018, an operation carried out by supporters of the ISIS terrorist group found two Scandinavian women being angry in the Atlas Mountains near Marrakech. A Moroccan court in 2019 sentenced three men convicted of the attack to death.

Associated Press