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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