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Fire-starter bear leads police to murder victim

At the scene of a fire, started when a bear knocked a tree into an electricity pylon, police found a near-naked dead body on the border between Austria and Switzerland.

Fire-starter bear leads police to murder victim
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The police were using binoculars to keep a look out for the bear, dubbed M13 by the Swiss authorities, as they worked to put out the fire. Instead, they spotted a body, online news site 20 Minuten reported.

“We do not know much yet about the dead person. But it’s clear we are dealing with a murder,” Walter Pupp from the Tyrolean State Office for Criminal Investigations told Austrian newspaper Tiroler Tageszeitung.

The victim was a man aged between 30 and 40 years old, wearing nothing but a pair of underpants. Forensic medical experts from Innsbruck believe that the man may have been killed by a blow to the head by a blunt object. There were also signs of violence around the neck.

Austrian and Swiss police will work together because of the proximity of the body to the border between the two countries. Neither force has yet been able to identify the body of the victim.

It is thought that the man may have been lying there for three of four days before he was discovered. Pupp told the media on Thursday that it is unlikely that the man was killed where he was found.

Just two weeks ago, the young brown bear was tagged with a tracking device after stealing honey and mauling a goat in Switzerland.

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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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