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Montreux murder-suicide probed after deaths

Police in the canton of Vaud are investigating the deaths of a 26-year-old woman and her 25-year-old boyfriend in a Montreux apartment, where they lived, following an apparent domestic dispute.

Montreux murder-suicide probed after deaths
View of Montreux where the killings occurred. Photo: Roland Zumbühl

The initial findings indicate the man killed the woman with a knife and a military assault rifle before pulling the trigger on himself, cantonal police said in a new release issued on Wednesday.

Police were contacted on Tuesday night after a friend of the couple discovered of the bodies of the Swiss man and woman.

The woman’s mother told 20 Minutes newspaper that her daughter’s boyfriend sent an SMS to her on Monday containing a single word “sorry”.

“I telephoned the two, but it rang without answer,” the mother said.

“I sent messages pleading with (my daughter) to reply because I was very worried.”

After being together for four years the couple were in the process of splitting up, 20 Minutes reported on Thursday, citing information from friends.

The woman, who wanted to be become an assistant veterinarian, separated from her partner in November before returning to live with him in Montreux on December 10th.

But things didn’t work out, according to a friend who said the woman decided on Monday to say she was leaving him for good, 20 Minutes said.

The newspaper said an acquaintance of the man, a civil engineering draughtsman, said he was a fan of war game videos and dreamed for a long time of joining the foreign legion.

The local prosecutor’s office is directing an investigation into the case.
 

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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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