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Woman shot dead in Geneva street

A 36-year-old woman was shot three times in a street in the Grottes area of Geneva in the early hours of Wednesday morning and later died in hospital.

Woman shot dead in Geneva street
Photo: Bas Leenders
Police were alerted to gunshots in Rue Baudit just after midnight and found a woman seriously injured after being shot three times, Geneva’s public prosecutor said in a statement. The victim was transported to Geneva university hospital (HUG) but died a few hours later.
 
The alleged perpetrator, a local resident born in 1977, was arrested at his home close to the crime scene. 
 
An investigation has been opened to determine the circumstances surrounding the shooting. 
 
Initial media reports suggested the alleged perpetrator may have been a friend of the victim, but others later said the pair didn’t know each other but had simply argued over a small sum of money. 
 
The public prosecutor will not comment further at this stage.

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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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