LISBON: Two people died following a knife attack at an Islamic centre in the Portuguese capital Lisbon that wounded several others, police said Tuesday.
Country’s Prime Minister Antonio Costa said it was “premature to make any interpretation of this criminal act.” “Everything points to this being an isolated incident,” he told reporters. Images on Portuguese television showed the armed police outside the Ismaili Muslim centre.
“The attack left several people injured and, for the moment, two dead,” police said in a statement adding that the suspected assailant had been shot and arrested. The police said they arrived at the building just before 11 am (1000 GMT) after being warned that a knife attack was underway.
“The police come across a man armed with a large knife. Orders were given to the attacker to halt the attack, which he disobeyed, advancing towards the police, knife in hand,” the police said in the statement further. “Faced with the serious and ongoing threat, the policemen used firearms against the person, hitting and neutralising the aggressor.” AFP/APP