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Man stabbed at St Gallen restaurant

A 22-year-old man was fighting for his life in hospital after being stabbed in the garden of a restaurant in St Gallen at around 6pm on Friday.

Man stabbed at St Gallen restaurant
File photo: Bas Leenders
According to witnesses, a 42-year-old man suddenly set upon the victim with a knife, stabbing him in the neck, St Gallen police said in a statement on Saturday morning. 
 
Passers-by managed to knock the knife from the attacker’s hands and restrain him until the police arrived. 
 
The accused was arrested and later interviewed by police who found him to be “confused”. Medical examinations will form part of the investigation, said police. 
 
The accused was not known to the police for violent offences. 
 
It is unclear whether the two men, both Swiss citizens, knew each other. No motive has yet been established.
 
The victim was operated on in hospital on Friday evening but remains in a critical condition. 
 

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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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