Readers like you keep news free for everyone.

More than 5,000 readers have already pitched in to keep free access to The Journal.

For the price of one cup of coffee each week you can help keep paywalls away.

Support us today
Not now
Friday 2 June 2023 Dublin: 12°C
Screengrab/ABC News
# Gun Attack
Manhunt in Zurich after three injured in Muslim prayer hall shooting
Police are scouring the streets for the attacker this evening, carrying lamps and using sniffer dogs.

Updated at 9.50pm 

A MAN BURST into a Muslim prayer hall in the Swiss city of Zurich today and started shooting, injuring three men. Police have launched a manhunt for the attacker.

A body was found a few hundred metres 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 Centre, near the central station.

At around 5:30pm (4.30pm Irish time), an unknown person entered the Islamic Centre, 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 aged around 30 wearing dark clothes and a dark woollen 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 4:45pm.

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

Sealed off 

Police have sealed off the area and were scouring the streets for the shooter this evening, carrying lamps and using sniffer dogs.

They have blocked of Eisgasse, the street where the Islamic Centre is located, as well as a nearby bridge, where the body was found, the AFP photographer said.

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

A number of Swiss mosques, including one near Zurich and the main one in Geneva, have in recent months been accused in media of allowing or encouraging the radicalisation of their worshippers, especially the younger members of their congregations.

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

© – AFP 2016 

Read: Evacuees “in a terrible state” after waiting overnight in freezing conditions to leave Aleppo >

Your Voice
Readers Comments