On 24 November 2020, an assailant assaulted and stabbed two women at a department store in the southern city of Lugano in what authorities called a suspected terrorist attack. One of the victims suffered serious, but not life-threatening, stab wounds. The attacker, who is a Swiss national, was subdued by a civilian before police officers arrived at the scene and arrested her. According to authorities, the attacker has a “jihadist background” and attempted to travel to Syria in 2017 before she was arrested in Turkey and deported back to Switzerland.