Axeman rampage comes to bloody end

A man was left seriously injured after he was attacked by an axe-wielding man near Stockholm on Saturday.

Witnesses looked on as a group of men chased a lone man into a residential area in the southern Stockholm suburb of Svedmyra at around lunchtime on Saturday.

One of the men was armed with an axe and the victim was dealt several blows to his person, leaving him nursing serious injuries to the head and back.

The assailant then fled the scene in his car and was later found bleeding profusely at nearby metro station. He was rushed by ambulance to Karolinska University Hospital in Solna.

“What exactly has happened remains unclear. One or more cars fled the crime scene. Then one of the cars crashed into another at a roundabout and a punch up broke out between the drivers,” said Catharina Nordin at Stockholm police to news agency TT.

The cars were later found discarded at the edge of a wood. In one of the cars lay a bloody axe and four people found at the scene were taken in for questioning.

One of the detained had been hit on the head with an iron bar and he was later taken to hospital.

By 8pm in the evening all of those detained had been released from police custody.

According to Stockholm police the attack is probably part of a vendetta. The people involved are known to police but all have declined to cooperate, rendering the facts difficult to establish.

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Swiss woman stands trial for attempting to join Islamic State

A 31-year-old woman from Winterthur who tried to travel to Syria to join Islamic State (IS) is standing trial under Swiss anti-terror laws.

Swiss woman stands trial for attempting to join Islamic State
The federal criminal court in Bellinzona. Photo: Swiss Confederation/OFCL

The alleged ‘jihadi tourist' appeared before Switzerland's federal criminal court in Bellinzona on Friday, the Swiss news agency SDA reported. 

In December 2015, the woman, accompanied by her four-year-old child, attempted to travel to Syria via Greece and Turkey in order to join IS, the authorities allege. 

Her intended destination was Raqqa, which was at the time an IS stronghold in Syria.

The woman was prevented from continuing her journey by the Greek authorities and was arrested at Zurich airport on her return to Switzerland in January 2016. 

The Swiss attorney general's office filed an indictment against the Swiss national for offences under the federal law that bans terror groups including Isis. 

According to the indictment, the woman radicalized herself through internet propaganda after converting to Islam in 2009.

It says the Swiss national believed it was the duty of all Muslims to support IS.

She said she rejected western values.

This is only the second case concerning a so-called ‘jihadi tourist' to go before Switzerland's federal criminal court. 

The first prosecution of its kind took place in 2016, when a 26-year-old man was found guilty of attempting to travel to join Isis and given an 18-month suspended jail sentence.

Islamic State has been banned in Switzerland since 2014.