The Swiss police announced that the citizen who stabbed a woman in the neck with a knife and pulled another by the neck in a store in Lugano, south of the country, on Tuesday, a “well-known jihadist”.
“The attack is known to the Federal Police from investigations it conducted in 2017 and has a jihadist background,” the Federal Police Office said on Twitter.
The suspect, a 28-year-old woman who lives in the area, is in detention after being overtaken by passers-by until the police arrived. Swiss media quoted witnesses as saying that she declared her affiliation with “ISIS” during the attack.
One of the victims sustained serious but not life-threatening injuries, while the other sustained minor injuries.
Switzerland has not yet witnessed major militant attacks such as those that prompted France and Germany this month to demand to tighten of restrictions on the European Union’s borders after militants killed eight in Paris, Nice, and Vienna within a month, but it detected hundreds of residents who were considered the most important threat and militants who traveled to War zones.