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  • 22 August 2014, 19:01

Swiss Mosque Shooting Leaves One Dead

One person has been found dead after a shooting in a mosque full of worshippers at Friday prayers, police have said.

Police arrested an individual with a handgun when they were called to a suburb of St Gallen in Switzerland after reports of gunfire.

A man was found dead in the mosque's prayer room, a police spokesman said.

Around 300 people were reportedly in the mosque for Friday prayers at the time of the shooting.

It was not immediately clear what the motive may have been.

Witnesses believe the killing may have been linked to a family dispute dating back a number of years, Swiss newspaper 20 Minutes reported.

The El-Hidaje mosque is used by St Gallen's Albanian Muslim community.

Fehim Dragusha, a former Imam at the mosque, told Switzerland's Radio FM1: "Albanians and Muslims should not bring problems from their home country into Switzerland."

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