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Entertainment Knife attack in Switzerland: the attacker on file for radicalization

17:15  25 november  2020
17:15  25 november  2020 Source:   france24.com

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ZURICH (Reuters) -A Swiss woman grabbed a woman by the neck and wounded another in the neck with a serrated knife in a department store in the southern Swiss city of Lugano on Tuesday in what federal prosecutors called a suspected terror attack .

Swiss police have identified a Swiss woman who knifed a victim in the neck and grabbed another by the throat in a Lugano department store on Tuesday as a known jihadist. Federal prosecutors have called the incident in the Italian-speaking southern canton of Ticino a suspected terrorist attack and

Une voiture de police sur les lieux de l'attaque, à Lugano, en Suisse, le 24 novembre 2020. © AP - Pablo Gianinazzi A police car at the scene of the attack, in Lugano, Switzerland, November 24, 2020.

The young Swiss of 28 year old who injured two people with a knife on Tuesday in a department store in Lugano, in the south of the country, had already been placed in a psychiatric institution, after trying to join a jihadist fighter in Syria in 2017.

The young woman responsible for the knife attack, which injured two people on Tuesday (November 24) in a supermarket in Lugano, was known to be radicalized, Swiss police reported on Wednesday.

The federal prosecutor's office, which suspects a "terrorist act", has taken up the investigation. "The 2017 police investigations showed that the person fell in love, at the time, on social media, with a jihadist fighter in Syria," the Federal Office of Police (Fedpol) wrote on Twitter. She tried to join him, but was arrested at the Syrian border by Turkish authorities and sent back to Switzerland, she continues.

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Officials are confirming that the suspected attacker was on a database of thousands suspected of radicalization .

We stand with Switzerland in these difficult hours.' His own country had been victim to a deadly jihadist shooting in Vienna on November 2, when Initial investigations established the suspect attacked two women, first trying to choke one with her hands and then stabbing the second in the neck with a knife .

"The person suffered at the time from psychological problems. She was placed on her return to a psychiatric institution. Since 2017, the person has not appeared in cases linked to terrorism [...]", adds Fedpol.

A possible "terrorist motivation"

As of Tuesday, the regional police of Ticino, had evoked a possible "terrorist motivation". According to the first elements of the investigation, the assailant tried to strangle one of the two women with her bare hands and wounded the second in the neck with a knife. One of her victims is in serious condition, but her life is not in danger and the other is only slightly injured

Other customers of the supermarket have managed to subdue the young woman, who was arrested, added the regional police. "This attack does not surprise me", declared Tuesday evening the director of the federal police force, Nicoletta della Valle, underlining that this kind of attacks occurred everywhere in the world.

The journey of Brahim A., from a suburb of Sfax to the church of Nice

 The journey of Brahim A., from a suburb of Sfax to the church of Nice FRANCE-SECURITE-NICE-TUNISIE: The journey of Brahim A., from a suburb of Sfax to the church of Nice © Reuters / ZOUBEIR SOUISSI THE JOURNEY OF BRAHIM A., FROM A SFAX FAUBOURG TO THE CHURCH OF NICE by Tarek Amara and Jihed Abidellaoui SFAX, Tunisia (Reuters) - Moments before the attack on Nice, Brahim A. phoned his family in Tunisia to tell them that he had just arrived in the city and that he had found a place to sleep in a stairwell, near a church, his relatives recall.

When the merchant ran after attacking an officer, two other city-administration officers immediately did the pursuit. One of the officers armed with a water pipe, while a friend recorded the incident. The man runs into a narrow alley where he then hides under a long wooden chair on the third floor.

The attacker was on the File for the Prevention of Terrorist Radicalization , a targeted watch list which focuses on would-be jihadists. The person who was seriously injured was not a member of the family, Collomb said. The police investigation continues, he said. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack

The latter referred to the other case of this type in Switzerland, namely the stabbing murder of a 29-year-old Portuguese national, committed in Morges in eastern Switzerland on September 12. The case is currently under investigation in a suspected terrorist setting.

"The situation is extremely serious", according to the head of the Ticino government Norman Gobbi, who assumes that the woman has become radicalized, reports the ATS agency. On Twitter, Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz condemned "the Islamist terrorist attack in Lugano". We will stand up together in Europe against Islamist terrorism and we will defend our values, he added.

In early November,

four people were killed and several others injured in an attack in Vienna . At the origin of this attack, a "sympathizer" of the organization Islamic State, which had tried to join Syria.

Two Swiss, aged 18 and 24, had been arrested near Zurich after the Vienna bombing, because they had links with the perpetrator of the attack and were known to the Swiss authorities in the context of criminal proceedings linked to terrorism .

Switzerland has not experienced any major attacks by jihadist extremists, as has been the case with its European neighbors.

With AFP and Reuters

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