Shooting incident in Swiss Islamic center, one wounded

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GENEVA: A Muslim Swiss citizen opened fire late Monday in the Islamic center at Crissier, western Switzerland, seriously wounding a fellow Muslim, police said.

First reports said the 23-year-old fired a dozen shots in the prayer room on the first storey of the Islamic center where there were about 10 people present, the Vaud cantonal police said in a statement.

A 43-year-old Swiss Muslim was seriously wounded in the abdomen, but he was expected to recover.

The shooter, whose motives were unknown, was overpowered and immobilized on the floor.

He had been spotted earlier in the evening in nearby Bussigny-pres-Lausanne and police were following him, arriving very quickly on the scene.

The man used a weapon and ammunition given to him by the Swiss army. All Swiss citizens have to carry out military service.

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