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Shooting Spree at Swiss Islamic Center

The man used his military weapon and ammunition
A gunman used a military assault rifle to fire on a dozen worshipers at an Islamic centre at the Swiss city of Lausanne late on Monday, injuring one seriously, police said on Tuesday, November 13.

"He injured one person seriously before worshipers immobilised him on the ground," according to a police statement cited by Reuters.

The man entered the centre and fired over a dozen rounds toward a prayer room. police spokesman Jean-Christophe Sauterel added.

Sauterel said a possible motive for the shooting had not been established and that the man had acted alone.

Police had scrambled to intercept a man carrying a weapon openly on the streets of Bussigny-pres-Lausanne near Lausanne.

The man used his military weapon and ammunition, according to the police statement.

A 23-year-old local man was detained in connection with the attack.

Switzerland's military system allows soldiers to keep their weapons and ammunition at home, which has become the object of controversy in the wealthy Alpine country following recent attacks and high suicide rates involving military weapons kept at home.

In 2004 in Lausanne, a man wielding a knife attacked a Muslim prayer leader and wounded three others at an Islamic centre. He was not charged for the act after a judge ruled him unable to stand trial due to a psychological disorder.

There are about 340,000 Muslims in Switzerland, which has a population of 7.4 million.

Forty-three percent of the Muslim minority are of Turkish origin. Islam is the second religion in the country after Christianity.
News source: IslamOnline.net
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