A stabbing attack which injured two women inside a department store in the Swiss city of Lugano on Tuesday afternoon is being investigated as a suspected terrorist act. One woman has been arrested.

The attack occurred around 2pm local time, when a 28-year-old Swiss woman, who lives in the area, grabbed the first victim by the neck with her bare hands before turning on a second woman and slashing her with a knife, police said.

According to local reports, the attacker seized a bread knife from a store display as her weapon.

Attaque au couteau de deux femmes à Lugano

The suspect was apprehended by other people inside the store before being arrested.

Police said that one of the victims sustained serious, but not life-threatening, injuries in the attack, while the second sustained minor injuries.

The office of the Swiss attorney general later said it had opened an investigation into the incident as “a suspected terrorist-motivated attack”.

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