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2 lifeless, one other injured in knife assault in Lisbon, police suspect Afghan refugee

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Portuguese Police mentioned that the accused usually visited Lisbon’s Ismaili Centre to review Portuguese, accumulate meals donations and even availed childcare. Both victims labored there.

New Delhi ,UPDATED: Mar 29, 2023 08:45 IST

Lisbon Police guard outdoors Ismaili Centre, after a lethal knife assault. (Image: Reuters)

By India Today World Desk: Two girls had been killed and one other individual was injured in a knife assault on the Ismaili Centre in Portugal’s capital metropolis on Tuesday. Lisbon Police shot the suspect, an Afghan refugee, after he refused to put down his massive knife-like weapon and even started to strategy the authorities. The accused man was arrested and brought to a hospital.

Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa referred to the act and mentioned it appeared like an remoted one.

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“It seems to have been an isolated act but the circumstances and motivations are being investigated,” Reuters quoted house affairs minister Jose Luis Carneiro as saying. The minister additionally mentioned that the alleged attacker was a “relatively young man” with three younger kids.

Ismaili Centre, in Lisbon, is related to the minority inside the Shia Islam sect. The neighborhood’s chief, Prince Karim Aga Khan, opened the centre in 1998 with prayer rooms, school rooms, assembly rooms, and so forth.


The alleged attacker’s spouse had died in a refugee camp in Greece, as per reviews. The Portuguese house minister mentioned the suspect lived a “fairly quiet life” and had obtained providers on the Ismaili Centre. As per the minister, the suspect had relocated to Portugal underneath a European cooperation scheme and had worldwide safety standing.

The police additionally disclosed that the accused usually visited the centre to review Portuguese, accumulate meals donations and even availed childcare.

The chief of the Ismaili neighborhood, Nazim Ahmed, mentioned each victims had been Portuguese nationals who labored there. The minister talked about the deceased girls labored on the Ismaili Centre’s refugee help programme.

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Mar 29, 2023