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Police: cannibal killed two women

Slovakia's police said on Wednesday they had evidence showing a man who had tried to lure a Swiss man to Slovakia to kill and eat him had also killed two women.

“All evidence leads to the conclusion that the 43-year-old Matej Curko was a cannibal,” police chief Jaroslav Spisiak told AFP on Wednesday, adding he would not disclose details to protect the victims’ families.

“The police found two shallow graves in the woods near Kysak, eastern  lovakia, with the remains of two female bodies cut to pieces (on Tuesday),” he added.

“Some body parts were missing but we found photographs of these parts” in Curko’s computer, which also contained data that led the police to the graves, Spisiak said.

Curko, who died in hospital on May 12 after being shot by the police in a gunfight two days earlier, hunted for his victims on the Internet.

“He contacted a Swiss citizen, who agreed to come to Slovakia, and let Curko kill him and eat him,” police said, indicating the would-be victim had been suicidal.

But the man panicked when he saw Curko was serious about his plan, and he contacted the police who sent an undercover agent to meet the cannibal and arrest him.

Before being shot himself, Curko managed to shoot the agent who is now in hospital, stabilised and improving, Spisiak added.

CRIME

Swiss woman indicted over ‘jihadist knife attack’ in department store

Swiss prosecutors said Wednesday they had indicted a woman for attempted murder on behalf of the Islamic State (IS) group over a brutal knife attack in November 2020.

Swiss woman indicted over 'jihadist knife attack' in department store

The 29-year-old unnamed woman allegedly attacked two women in a department store in the southern city of Lugano.

She has been charged with attempted murder and violating laws against association with Al-Qaeda, IS and related groups, according to the indictment.

She was also charged with unlawful prostitution.

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The attorney general’s office said the indictment related to a “jihadist knife attack” and the alleged assailant, a Swiss citizen, “intended to kill her victims and to commit a terrorist act on behalf of IS.”

“The suspect acted wilfully and with particular ruthlessness. She brutally attacked her randomly-selected victims with a knife, with the aim of killing them and thereby spreading terror throughout the population on behalf of the ‘Islamic State’,” it said.

One of the two victims sustained serious neck injuries while the second victim, with help from others at the scene, managed to overpower her attacker and hold her until police arrived.

The attacker was arrested and detained. Police quickly discovered she had been linked to a 2017 jihadism investigation.

The woman had formed a relationship on social media with a jihadist fighter in Syria and attempted to travel to the war-torn country to meet him, police alleged at the time.

She was stopped by Turkish authorities at the Syrian border and sent back to Switzerland, they said, adding that the woman had suffered from mental health problems and been admitted to a psychiatric clinic.

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