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Swiss woman accused of ‘jihadist’ knife attack in Lugano


A young Swiss woman has been charged over a “jihadi-motivated” stabbing attack that injured two people in 2020.

The Swiss prosecutor’s office said on Wednesday it had charged the suspect with attempted murder following the attack at a department store.

The woman was also charged under a federal law that bans certain terrorist groups.

The 29-year-old, who lives in the Italian-speaking region of Ticino, is also accused of illegal prostitution.

Prosecutors say she “brutally attacked her randomly selected victims with a knife” and aimed to kill them to sow terror on behalf of the so-called Islamic State (IS) group.

One of the two victims was seriously injured in the neck, while the second person finally managed to restrain the attacker with other passers-by before the arrival of the Swiss police.

The attacker was taken into custody following his arrest on November 24, 2020 and has been on early release since August 2021.

On the day of the attack, federal police announced that the woman had been named in a 2017 investigation linked to jihadist terrorism.

Investigators say the suspect had “fallen in love” on social media with a jihadist fighter in Syria. The woman reportedly tried to join him but was arrested at the Turkish-Syrian border and sent back to Switzerland.

She was then placed in a psychiatric facility upon her return.

euronews Gt

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