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Couple and four-year-old boy found dead in Aargau apartment

Three people were found dead in an apartment in Spreitenbach in the canton of Aargau in the early hours of Friday morning, victims of an apparent crime, police said.

Couple and four-year-old boy found dead in Aargau apartment
Photo: Bas Leenders
The victims were a 77-year-old man and his 55-year-old wife who lived in the apartment, and a four-year-old boy believed to be a relation, Aargau police said in a statement on Friday. 
 
The exact circumstances are yet to be determined, but according to initial findings police believe one of the deceased may have killed the two others with a gun before turning it on themselves.
 
A firearm was found in the apartment, said police.
 
Relatives of the victims called police after being unable to contact them. 
 
Arriving at the scene just after midnight officers found the apartment locked and had to call a locksmith to get into the property.
 
The public prosecutor has opened an investigation and ordered autopsies to clarify the circumstances surrounding the deaths.

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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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