Lugano attack: 2 hurt in suspected terror incident in Switzerland

Lugano attack: 2 hurt in suspected terror incident in Switzerland


A woman was arrested in the southern Swiss city of Lugano after allegedly injuring two other women in a suspected terror attack at a store.


According to the police, she attempted to choke one; as well as stabbed another in the neck with a knife before being stopped by shoppers.


One victim, meanwhile, is believed to have serious but not life-threatening injuries; while the other was lightly wounded.


The suspect, 28, was known to federal police from an investigation into “jihadist terrorism” back in 2017.


A Swiss national, she lived locally in the Italian-speaking Ticino region.


“A department store in Lugano was the scene of a suspected terrorist-motivated attack on several people;” the federal attorney-general’s office said.



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Norman Gobbi, president of Ticino’s government; condemned the attack and also said extremism “cannot find a place in our community”.


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


“My thoughts are with the victims wishing them a full & swift recovery. We stand with Switzerland in these difficult hours,” he added.


On November 2, four people were killed in the attack on Vienna; which followed other suspected Islamist attacks in the French cities of Paris and Nice this year.

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