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    May 11, 2015

    Swiss 'policeman' kills four but terrorism ruled out


    FIVE people were killed in a shooting in northern Switzerland, police said yesterday, rocking the normally tranquil nation.

    The shooter in the drama that played out on Saturday evening in the town of Wuerenlingen, near Zurich, was among the dead, the police told a news conference, adding that it was linked to a personal conflict.

    All the victims and the shooter were Swiss, Michael Leutpold, the head of the local police said, adding: "We have ruled out a terrorist angle."

    He said the shooter was a 36-year-old Swiss national, but did not reveal his identity. Local media reports described him as a policeman and father of three.

    He did not have a gun licence and did not fire with a police weapon, the police spokesman said.

    The shooter first went to a house in a residential area and fired on three people, killing a 58-year-old man, his 57-year-old wife and a 32-year-old man. The older couple were his parents-in-law and the younger man his brother-in-law, the police said.

    He then went to another house and shot dead a 46-year-old man before turning the gun on himself.

    Neighbours had alerted the police after hearing gunshots after 11pm.

    The latest shooting, which follows similar incidents in January and November, sent shockwaves through the tiny Alpine nation.

    It is one of the world's top countries in terms of the circulation of firearms, after the United States, Yemen and Serbia.