Two hurt in suspected terror incident in Switzerland

A police car is parked outside the department store where the attack took place
A police car stood outside the department store where the attack took place

A woman has been arrested in the southern Swiss city of Lugano after allegedly injuring two other women in a suspected terror attack at a store, she attempted to choke one and stabbed another in the neck with a knife before being stopped by shoppers, police say.

One victim 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.

Norman Gobbi, president of Ticino’s government, condemned the attack and 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. Four people were killed in the attack on Vienna on 2 November, which followed other suspected Islamist attacks in the French cities of Paris and Nice this year.

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