Two women killed in knife attack at Lisbon Ismaili center

Police officers keep guard outside Ismaili Centre, after a deadly knife attack in Lisbon, Portugal, March 28, 2023. [Pedro Nunes/Reuters]

Portugese Prime Minister Antonio Costa has said the alleged attacker in a deadly knife attack in Lisbon was a "relatively young man" with three young children whose wife died in a refugee camp in Greece.

Two women were killed and one person wounded in the knife attack, believed to have been carried out by an Afghan refugee at the Ismaili Center in Lisbon on Tuesday.

Portuguese police shot the alleged attacker after he refused to lay down a large knife and began to approach them. Officials said he was arrested and taken to hospital.

Ismailis are a minority within Shia Islam whose members have been attacked by extremist groups in countries such as Pakistan.

"It seems to have been an isolated act but the circumstances and motivations are being investigated," home affairs minister Jose Luis Carneiro told reporters.

Prime Minister Costa said it looked...

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