Written by Staff Writer
20 Dec, 2016 | 11:03 am
Three people have been injured in a shooting incident that took place at an Islamic center in Zurich, according to police.
Police confirmed an operation was under way in a street close to the city’s main station.
Swiss reports said the three wounded were all adults (aged 30,35 and 56) who had been found in Eisgasse, a small street where an Islamic centre is based.
According to Zurich city police, an unidentified person entered the center, not far from the city’s main train station, on Monday evening and fired several shots at a group of people gathered there for prayers.
The attacker, who is believed to be about 30 years old and was wearing dark clothing, fled the scene but remained at large roughly 3 ½ hours after the incident, police said.
According to the police the crime scene had been secured, and the injured had been hospitalized.
A large scale manhunt is in progress, involving both city and cantonal police. Heavily armed police officers and dog units are out in force.
People at the scene told Reuters the Islamic Centre on Zurich’s Eisgasse was used as a mosque, often by Somalis.
Two thirds of Switzerland’s 8.3 million residents identify as Christian but the nation has been wrestling with the role of Islam as its Muslim population has risen to 5 percent, swelled by the arrival of immigrants from the former Yugoslavia.
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