Police hunt killer of man shot dead in St Gallen street

Police have launched a manhunt after a man was shot dead in a St Gallen street at 5am on Thursday morning.

Police hunt killer of man shot dead in St Gallen street
Photo: St Gallen police

According to police in the northeastern Swiss city, the victim was shot by an unknown perpetrator on Webergasse not far from St Gallen’s famous Baroque abbey in the Old Town.

The assailant fled towards Gallusplatz.

Despite receiving immediate treatment, the victim – a 42-year-old man – died at the scene.

Police are appealing for information to help catch the perpetrator, who was described by a witness as aged between 40 and 50, overweight, wearing light blue jeans, a dark jacket and a cap, and carrying a blue umbrella.

Anyone with information is requested to call St Gallen cantonal police on 058 229 49 49.

The murder comes just days after another man was shot dead near a bakery in the Vernier area of Geneva.

The man, in his 30s, was shot “several times in the head” outside the bakery on Avenue des Libellules on Monday around 6pm, a witness told paper 20 Minutes.

The perpetrator, who police believe knew the victim, was arrested at the scene.

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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.