Incident Summary:

11/24/2020: An assailant stabbed one civilian and attempted to strangle another at a department store in Lugano, Ticino, Switzerland. Two people were injured in the attack. The assailant, an unaffiliated individual, claimed responsibility for the incident and shouted slogans in reference to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) during the attack.. Sources also noted that the assailant had previously attempted to travel to Syria to allegedly connect with a Muslim extremist.




Western Europe

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred at Salita M. e A. Chiattone 10, 6900.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilians
Nationality of Target Switzerland
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
Melee Hands, Feet, Fists
Weapon Details
A knife was used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Lack of Intentionality
Additional Information There is doubt that this incident meets terrorism-related criteria. The attack may have been spontaneous in nature as the weapon used was picked up from a shelf in the store.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Jihadi-inspired extremists Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 2 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 2
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
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"Knife attack in Switzerland: the attacker on file for radicalization," Press From, November 25, 2020.
"Swiss police identify assailant in knife attack as jihadist," One News Page, November 25, 2020.