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Switzerland: Zurich Islamic centre attacker ‘interested in occultism’ say police02:00

Switzerland: Zurich Islamic centre attacker ‘interested in occultism’ say police

Switzerland, Zurich
December 20, 2016 at 03:30 GMT +00:00 · Published

Swiss police revealed that the suspect involved in Monday night's shooting at a Zurich mosque may have links to occultism, during a press conference in Zurich, Tuesday.

Head of the Criminal Investigation Department of Zurich cantonal police Christiane Lentjes Meil said that "the day before, a deadly offence was committed in Schwamendingen, Zurich, and as we now can inform you, and explain you, we are dealing with one and the same suspect."

Of the possible motives of the attacker, Lentjes Meil stated that "there is certain evidence, that the suspect is possibly interested in occult themes, interested in occultism." She added that the investigations are still ongoing, and that "there are absolutely no clues of connections to terrorism, to IS or to Islamistic radicalization."

On Monday evening, a man burst into a Muslim prayer room in Zurich and started firing, seriously injuring three people.

Following the attack, a dead body was found at Gessner Bridge, located in 300m (984,2ft) away from the mosque. Police believe the body belong to the attacker, however, this information hasn't been confirmed yet.

Switzerland: Zurich Islamic centre attacker ‘interested in occultism’ say police02:00
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Swiss police revealed that the suspect involved in Monday night's shooting at a Zurich mosque may have links to occultism, during a press conference in Zurich, Tuesday.

Head of the Criminal Investigation Department of Zurich cantonal police Christiane Lentjes Meil said that "the day before, a deadly offence was committed in Schwamendingen, Zurich, and as we now can inform you, and explain you, we are dealing with one and the same suspect."

Of the possible motives of the attacker, Lentjes Meil stated that "there is certain evidence, that the suspect is possibly interested in occult themes, interested in occultism." She added that the investigations are still ongoing, and that "there are absolutely no clues of connections to terrorism, to IS or to Islamistic radicalization."

On Monday evening, a man burst into a Muslim prayer room in Zurich and started firing, seriously injuring three people.

Following the attack, a dead body was found at Gessner Bridge, located in 300m (984,2ft) away from the mosque. Police believe the body belong to the attacker, however, this information hasn't been confirmed yet.

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