The Rabat public prosecutor's office said in a statement that the one suspect that has been arrested so far has affiliations to a terrorist group, but did not name which one.

The women’s bodies were found on Monday in an isolated area near Imlil, on the way to Toubkal, North Africa’s highest peak and a popular hiking destination.

Three other suspects have also been identified, but are still on the run.

"Radical Islam is not ruled out due to the profile of the suspect arrested and of the three men wanted," the AFP also reported, citing an unnamed police source.

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