Two people dead and one officer wounded in Geneva

Two people died from gunshots and one police officer was wounded in a shootout in the city of Geneva early on Tuesday morning, justice officials said.

Two people dead and one officer wounded in Geneva
Photo: Geneva cantonal police

Le Matin newspaper reported online that according to information it had received a man and woman had died in an apartment building in the Servette neighbourhood at around 3am.

The Geneva prosecutor's office confirmed that cantonal police officers responded to reports of gunshots but it contradicted initial reports stating that three officers were injured in the incident.

“Arriving at the site (a building on the Rue Hoffmann) police officers found themselves in the presence of a man who aimed several gunshots at them,” the chief prosecutor's office said in a statement.

“The officers returned fire and neutralized this person, who died,” the statement said.

“During the exchange of gunshots, a police officer was wounded by a bullet in the face but his life is not threatened.”

Officers discovered the lifeless body of a woman inside an apartment, the office said

It has launched a criminal investigation into the case.

The 20 Minutes newspaper said that according to its information a man in his 80s violently quarrelled with his partner, a woman around 20 years younger than him, before killing her.

When police arrived on the scene, the man pretended to commit suicide before firing on the officers, the newspaper said.

Geneva cantonal police earlier confirmed that officers made a major “intervention” on Tuesday morning and referred questions to justice authorities.

A resident of the building involved told 20 Minutes he “heard several gunshots and the cries of a woman” before police quickly arrived.

“I was woken by cries then very violent sounds, maybe gunshots,” a neighbour told the daily.

“I later saw heavily armed officers mount the stairs.” 

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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.