On Tuesday, two women were stabbed to death at a Muslim religious facility in the Portuguese capital Lisbon.
An Afghan refugee at the Ismaili Center in Lisbon carried out the horrifying knife attack that left two women dead, Khaama Press has confirmed.
Farana Sadrudin, 49, and Mariana Jadaugy, 24, were the two dead victims of the attack on the Ismaili Center in Lisbon on Tuesday.
Farana Sadrudin was a Setubal Higher School of Technology engineering instructor.
Mariana Jaduagy earned her undergraduate degree in political science and international relations from Nova de Lisboa University and her master’s degree in the same field from the University of Lisbon’s Higher Institute of Economics and Management, According to Portugal Resident.
Both the victims were the teacher and colleague of the murderer.
The murderer has been identified as Abdul Bashir, an Afghan refugee. Bashir was around 40, a widower and father of three underage children.
Shortly after his family arrives in Europe, his wife is claimed to have died in Greece. He and his three kids spent over a year residing in Odivelas.
His close friends said he was unhappy in Portugal and planned to move to Germany.
During a Portuguese class with more than 16 students present, the murderer attacked the victims. The perpetrator unexpectedly attacked the teacher, who was hospitalized in serious condition, the two women who passed away, and the teacher with a knife.
Portuguese police shot the attacker after he refused to lay down a large knife and began to approach them. According to officials, local media reported that he was detained and sent to the hospital.
The Ismaili community supports the victims’ families and is deeply shocked and grieved by the horrible occurrence.
Ismaili Muslims are a culturally diverse community with members in over 25 countries, mainly Central and South Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Europe, North America, and Australia. They number between 12 and 15 million people worldwide. Hence, as a global community, Ismailis are responsible residents of the countries in which they reside.
“The community adheres to a 1,400-year tradition of Shi’a values that are expressed through a commitment to a search for knowledge for the betterment of self and society; embracing pluralism by building bridges of peace and understanding; and generously sharing of one’s time, talents, and material resources to improve the quality of life of the community and those among whom they live,” according to the Ismailia website.
Portuguese Ismailis established gathering centres for social and cultural purposes in the major cities and towns where they settled in the 1970s.
They also located office space for the establishment of charitable organizations that they supported. According to Ismailia’s website, as these organizations grew and matured, they “engaged a greater number of institutional partners and the wider Portuguese public.”