Two women have been murdered in the Ismaeli Muslim center of Lisbon in Portugal. One man was seriously injured during the attack. The attacker attacked the victims with a large knife. The attacker was attending a language class offered by the center at that time. Apparently he suffers from psychological problems and acted alone.
“I attest to the rapid intervention of the public security police (PSP) that allowed the arrest of the suspect who is currently in the Santa María Hospital receiving medical care. It is rash to make interpretations about the motives for the crime, but we must wait prudently for the authorities to carry out the necessary investigations”, stressed Antonio Costa, Prime Minister of Portugal.
The police immobilized him with a shot to the leg and he was taken to the hospital where he is in custody.
The attacker of Afghan origin lost his wife in a refugee camp in Greece and had been relocated to Portugal with his three youngest children. He had no history that concerned the authorities.
The Portuguese Minister of Internal Administration, José Luís Carneiro, explained today that there was no sign that “security care” was necessary.
“He was a citizen with a fairly quiet life, he benefited from the support of the Ismaili community to learn the language, receive food and care for the children,” he said.
Carneiro insisted that the motives for the attack are under investigation and did not want to advance any hypotheses, although “everything leads one to believe that it is an isolated act.”
“Hasty analyzes must be avoided,” he stressed, and conveyed to the Ismaili community that “Portugal has always been a country that is open and understanding to the world.”
Both the two fatalities, aged 20 and 40, and the seriously injured man worked at the Ismaeli Center.
Testimonies collected by local media indicate that the attacker was attending a class at the Center when he received a phone call that upset him and the attack began.
Omed Taeni, a member of the Association of the Afghan Community in Lisbon, pointed out to CNN that the author of the attack did not frequent Afghan residents and “it seems that he had psychological problems.”
The Ismaili Center of Lisbon is the world headquarters of this Shiite Muslim community that has the Aga Khan as its spiritual leader and has some 15 million followers in different countries.
The site, which opened its doors in 1998, is dedicated to worship and is a place of education and activities for the nearly 9,000 Ismailis residing in Portugal.
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