3 people injured in gunman attack at Zurich mosque
A mosque in Zurich of Switzerland witnessed several rounds of shooting on Monday when a gunman dressed in black stormed into the prayer hall and opened fire, wounding three people.
Police spokesperson Marco Bisa said police rushed to the scene in a central neighbourhood known for trendy cafes and the city’s red-light districts and were also investigating a possible connection to the discovery of a body at a nearby Gessner bridge over the Sihl River.
He also said that the forces were not considering the attack as an act of terrorism. Police added there were no possible connections with an incident in Berlin also on Monday, where a truck ran into Christmas market, killing at least nine people.
“The unknown person fired several shots and fled from the building,” Bisa told reporters near the mosque. “The shooting took place inside a prayer room with several people in it. Two victims were severely injured.”
The victims who were hospitalised were aged 30, 35 and 56 years old according to police, but details about their nationalities were not available. Witnesses claimed that the shooter was covered from head to toe and believed to be aged about 30 years old.
Abukav Abshirow, a 30-year-old Somali man who works at a Zurich car dealership told Associated Press that his friend was among the injured. He remembered how they were celebrating a religious occassion at the place a night before.
“I am under shock. We’ve had great times here. The atmosphere was always friendly and happy at the center … I am very, very sad this happened. We never had problems here before. We spend the weekend here with our children in peace,” he said.
“I am waiting to find out what happened, and who is responsible,” Abukav added.
Shootings are very rare in Switzerland. In 2013, the country was shaken by at least two multiple-fatality shootings.
The country is known for its long time tradition where men keep their rifles after completing the compulsary military service- which partly shows the higher rate of gun ownership of about 8.2 million people.