Stabbing Attack at Muslim Center in Lisbon Leaves 2 Dead

Two women were stabbed to death and several others were left wounded during an attack at an Ismali Muslim center in Lisbon, Portugal. The suspect, identified as an Afghan refugee, was shot and arrested by responding authorities.

Interior Minister Jose Luis Carneiro, as well as local community leaders, noted that the suspect had a history of psychological problems stemming from the death of his wife at a refugee camp in Greece after they fled Afghanistan with their three children.

The two women that were killed, who remain unnamed, were Portuguese staff members at the center.

While investigators are looking into the attack as possibly terrorism related, Portuguese Prime Minister António Costa warned against “hasty analysis,” stating that the stabbings were an isolated incident and more criminal in nature.