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Mother arrested over deaths of two tots

A woman has been arrested after the bodies of her two toddlers were found in a house in Flaach, in the canton of Zurich, on New Year’s Day.

Mother arrested over deaths of two tots
The drama occurred in a house in Flaach. Photo: geodruid.com

The woman reported the deaths of her five-year-old son and two-year-old daughter to cantonal police on Thursday evening, the online edition of the Blick newspaper said.

“The exact cause of death is not clear,” police spokesman Werner Schaub told the paper.

Despite reanimation attempts, the children died at the scene.

The woman fled the house before the police arrived, but was found in the vicinity a short time later.

Police said the mother had self-inflicted injuries and it had not been possible to question her.

Neighbours told Blick the family had lived in a flat in the house since August.

The mayor of Flaach, Walter Staub, told the paper the family had financial problems and had received emergency assistance from the commune at the end of November.

“We are shaken by this news,” Staub said.

The case is reminiscent of the killing by a mother of her twins in Horgen, in the canton of Zurich, on Christmas Eve 2007, the paper said.

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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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