Lugano attack: Two hurt in suspected terror incident in Switzerland

25 Novembre, 2020, 23:56 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • A police car is parked outside the department store where the attack took place

Cantonal police in Ticino said the women's injuries were not life-threatening and the suspect, a 28-year-old woman who lives in the area, was in custody.

A Swiss woman who knifed a victim in the neck and grabbed another by the throat in a Lugano department store on Tuesday was a known militant who fell in love with an Islamist militant online and had tried in vain to meet him in Syria, police said yesterday.

"The woman was suffering from mental health problems at this time", fedpol tweeted.

An initial medical evaluation showed that one of the victims had suffered serious but not life-threatening injuries, while the other had minor injuries, police said.

Two people were injured and one person arrested at a suspected terror attack at a Swiss department store on Tuesday.

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Separately on Wednesday, the Swiss federal prosecutor's office said it had opened criminal proceedings against the woman, including on charges of attempted premeditated homicide, serious bodily harm and being in violation of a ban on extremist groups such as al-Qaida and the Islamic State group. The attacker was detained by passers-by who waited for police to arrive.

"We'll give a joint response to Islamist terrorism in Europe and defend our values".

Switzerland has identified hundreds of residents deemed a threat and militants who travelled to war zones.

Swiss federal police said on their Twitter feed that an attack "presumably of terrorist motivation" took place in in the Italian-speaking city on Tuesday afternoon, adding that federal prosecutors were investigating.

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, whose own country became the scene of a deadly jihadist shooting earlier this month, tweeted his condemnation of the attack.

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