Credit: Hassan Alibhai, Google, 2022
This morning, two people died and two others were injured in an attack with a large knife at the Ismaili Center in Lisbon. According to the Public Security Police (PSP), the author of the attack is of Afghan origin and, after being injured during detention, is hospitalized.
Gabriel Senderowicz, President of the Jewish Community of Oporto, sympathizes with the Ismaelite Community and the families of the victims: “The Community respectfully sends its most fraternal sentiments to the Ismaili brothers of Lisbon, the country and the world, to whom it wishes a lot of strength to overcome such a painful mourning and continue their mission of peace. As if it was not enough that minority religious communities have to deal with discrimination in general, they are sometimes victims of radicalized brothers with psychiatric problems."
The Synagogue of Oporto
Following the incident, the PSP reinforced security in Muslim and Jewish temples in the country, such as the Synagogue of Oporto. In a statement, the Prime Minister, António Costa, said that “so far everything indicates that it was an isolated act, but we are not going to anticipate the authorities”.