Swiss Stabbing Suspect 'linked To Jihadism Inquiry'
Sumaira FH 2 months ago Wed 25th November 2020 | 05:20 PM
Geneva, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 25th Nov, 2020 ) :A woman arrested for a knife attack in a Swiss department store was linked to a 2017 jihadism investigation and spent time in a psychiatric clinic, police said on Wednesday.
The 28-year-old was held on Tuesday after allegedly trying to strangle one woman with her bare hands and stabbing another in the neck.
"The perpetrator is known to @FedpolCH," the Federal police said on Twitter. "She appeared in a police investigation in 2017 in connection with jihadism." Police had discovered at the time that the woman had formed a relationship on social media with a jihadist fighter in Syria.
She had not been on the radar of the federal police since then, the tweet said.
- 'Extremely serious' - During Tuesday's incident, the woman was overpowered by customers in the shop before officers arrived.
"We stand with Switzerland in these difficult hours," he wrote.
"We'll give a joint response to Islamist terrorism in Europe and defend our values."An Islamic State sympathiser who had tried to join the jihadist group in Syria was behind the attack in Vienna, in which four people were killed and several others injured.