Woman Stabs Two People at Department Store in Lugano, Terror Attack Suspected

A woman stabbed two people inside a department store in Lugano, Switzerland which was suspected to be an act of terror.

A woman stabbed two people inside a department store in Lugano, Switzerland which was suspected to be an act of terror. 

“A department store in Lugano was the scene of a suspected terrorist-motivated attack on several people,” said the Swiss federal Office of the Attorney General.

According to the Ticino police, a  28-year-old Swiss citizen suddenly stabbed two women on the fifth floor of the Manor department store in downtown Lugano before being stopped by bystanders before being apprehended by police.

Witnesses said the suspect grabbed the first one by the neck with her bare hands, then stabbed another in the neck with a knife.

Both of the suspects survived and were taken to a hospital for further treatment. 

“Based on an initial medical evaluation, one of the victims sustained serious but not life-threatening injuries, while the other sustained minor injuries,” said the police. 

The police explained that the incident was presumably “terrorism” and that the public prosecutor had opened a criminal investigation.

Catherine Maret, a spokeswoman for the federal police, explained that the suspect was already identified by the police during recent investigations with regard to terrorism.”

The head of the Ticino government Norman Gobbi said that it was presumed that the suspect has been radicalized and that extremism has no place in their country. 


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