4.5 million francs stolen from armoured car in Bern

A Swiss court on Friday revealed for the first time that an armoured truck had been robbed in Thunstetten, in the canton of Bern.

4.5 million francs stolen from armoured car in Bern
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The court heard that investigators have been able to find no trace of the money. 

The Swiss Federal Court on Friday revealed that the money was taken on July 1st, with assistance of the driver of the armoured car. 

The perpetrator, who confessed to the theft, took the money from the truck and placed it in another vehicle and transported it to a garage in Rickenbach. 

Initially arrested on August 14th, the man has been in police custody since – but applied for a release from prison in October. 

No trace of the loot

The court heard that the accused perpetrator transferred the money to an accomplice who has now been imprisoned in the Czech Republic. Swiss authorities are considering making an extradition order. 

Four people are currently in custody for receiving stolen money. 

Armoured car heists are frequent in Switzerland, particularly in Vaud. The most recent took place on the 2nd of December, with attacks also taking place in Vaud in April, June and August of 2019. 

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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.