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Police appeal for witnesses after 66-year-old Swiss man attacked by dogs in Bern

The man was attacked by "several dogs," according to the cantonal police in Bern.

Police appeal for witnesses after 66-year-old Swiss man attacked by dogs in Bern
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Police in Bern have issued a request for information from potential witnesses who may have details on a dog attack that occurred in the Marzilistrasse in Bern on Monday February 4th, according to a police statement.

A 66-year-old Swiss man was bitten and injured by a pack of dogs shortly before 3pm on the street in the south of Bern, the Swiss capital.

According to the police's initial findings, the man was on the road between the Marzilistrasse and the Aareuferweg walk when approached near the beach volleyball fields of Marzilis by several dogs. The man was attacked and suffered several injuries but was able to check himself in to a nearby hospital. 

The statement did not specify what kind of dogs they were and if any people were also involved. 

Bern police added that one man was in the vicinity at the time and are asking him, and any other witnesses, to come forward with information by calling: +41 31 634 41 11.

In 2017, a woman out jogging in Yvorne in the canton of Vaud, suffered wounds to her legs and an arm after being set upon by two Boxer dogs. One of the dogs knocked the 50-year-old to the ground and attacked her as the second Boxer joined in.

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That time the woman was able to take refuge in her car parked nearby. She was later admitted to the CHUV hospital in Lausanne for treatment to her bites.

In that instance, police were able to trace the 70-year-old dog walker, who had fled the scene and claimed not to be the owner of the animals. 

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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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