3 People Hurt in Shooting at Zurich Islamic Center

3 People Hurt in Shooting at Zurich Islamic Center3 People Hurt in Shooting at Zurich Islamic Center

A man burst into a Muslim prayer hall in the Swiss city of Zurich on Monday and started shooting, injuring three men, according to police, who have launched a manhunt for the shooter.

A body was found a few hundred meters from the scene, an AFP photographer said, but it was unclear if it was connected to the shooting, which took place inside the city’s Islamic center, near the central station.

According to Aljazeera at around 5:30pm (1630 GMT), an unknown person entered the center where several worshippers were gathered and began shooting, Zurich police said in a statement.

He “fired several shots at the worshippers”, police said. “Three men, aged 30, 35 and 56, were injured, some seriously. The suspect then escaped from the mosque in the direction of Central Station,” the statement said.

Witnesses had described the shooter as a man around 30 wearing dark clothes and a dark woolen cap, witnesses said.

“The city and cantonal police immediately launched a major search for the unknown perpetrator,” the statement said.

Swiss media said the three wounded people were found in the street where the prayer hall is located.

Police have urged witnesses who were in the area around the time of the shooting to come forward.

They did not immediately provide any details about the suspected motive for the shooting.

Around a dozen people were inside the prayer hall at the time of shooting, the ATS news agency reported, citing a number of people on site, adding that a prayer service had been scheduled for 4:45 pm (1545 GMT).

The worshippers were mainly from North Africa, Somalia and Eritrea, ATS reported.

Police have sealed off the area and was late Monday scouring the streets for the shooter, carrying lamps and using sniffer dogs.

The body was discovered on the river bank, underneath the bridge, and had been draped with a white sheet.

Switzerland, a country of some eight million people, reportedly has around 450,000 Muslims.

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