A woman with a “jihadist background” attacked two shoppers in the Swiss city of Lugano late Tuesday, local police report.
Two women were injured in the attack. One suffered serious, but not life-threatening, injuries, while the other suffered only minor injuries.
The attacker, a 28-year-old Swiss woman, brandished a serrated knife at a department store. A community member was able to calm him down until police came and arrested him, police said.
“The perpetrator is known from a Swiss Federal Police investigation in 2017 and has a jihadist background,” tweeted regional police.
Switzerland is among the two significant targets of Islamic terrorism in Europe in recent times. That beheading from French school teacher Samuel Paty followed by a other knife strike at Nice. Four days later, an armed extremist killed four and wounded 22 people in downtown Vienna.
“I fully condemn today’s Islamist terrorist attack in #Lugano,” tweeted Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz. “We support #Swiss in these difficult hours. We will give a joint response to Islamic terrorism at #Europe & defend our values. “
Although he hasn’t spoken about Lugano specifically, Ursula von der Leyen has used her European Parliament plenary speech to call for unity in his closing statement. “From the budget to the fight against terrorists: When we succeed in joining, we Europeans can achieve most of it,” said the Commission president.
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