Update: A new translated article has been posted. As of this writing, the Muslim angle has neither been confirmed not refuted by the newer reports.
Additional update: The dead man may not be the perpetrator; the person or persons who stabbed people may still be at large. The authorities have repeatedly said, however, that they have no indications of a religious motive.
Swiss Christians were reportedly prevented from attending Mass this morning in Longeborgne by Muslim mujahideen with knives. Three people were injured, one seriously.
Many thanks to Ava Lon for translating this French-language report from the conservative Christian news portal Dreuz.info:
Switzerland: Anti-Christian attack in Longeborgne: three wounded, including one seriously
by Christian Larnet
December 25, 2016
Christians were attacked with cold steel — always the weapon of Islam — for going to Mass this Sunday morning at Our Lady of Longeborgne, Brumous.
On the social networks, eyewitness reports speak of a knife attack against three faithful of the Hermitage of Longeborgne — one of which was seriously wounded — who were on their way there.
One of them succeeded in crossing the roadblock made by the aggressors, and arrived in Longeborgne with his face covered in blood. He was taken to the hospital as soon as the police arrived. According to the priest, his condition was not worrisome, but another victim was reportedly found by the policemen on the ground and seriously wounded.
“There was no mass, for the faithful were stopped by a person who assaulted them. It was probably a sharp weapon,” said Father Francis, the rector of the Hermitage. One of the wounded was able to reach the holy place and was treated on the spot before being transported by the emergency services. Three people, two women and one man, were stabbed. The latter was seriously injured.
Numerous police patrols, dogs and a helicopter were deployed in the Gorges de la Borgne.
In the afternoon, the police barred access to Longeborgne around the Café des Pèlerins.
A helicopter was still in the air around 3pm.
The prosecutor’s office has not formally communicated the facts or the identity of the aggressor, but unofficially, the trail of a jihadist terrorist act is said to be dismissed without explanation.