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Switzerland: Basel: café shooting (not terrorism)

Two dead in Basel cafe shooting – a local incident (not terrorism)

Two people have been killed and one critically injured following a shootout in a cafe in Basel, Switzerland. The perpetrators of the ‘local incident’ remain at large, police said.

According to police, two men entered the premises and opened fire on guests at a cafe in Basel, Switzerland, on Thursday evening. Investigations are ongoing but a police officer said: “This is a local incident. It has nothing to do with Islamists or terrorism.”

Authorities said they are searching for the shooters, who quickly fled the scene in the direction of the railway station. The Swiss city of Basel borders both France and Germany.

“Two men came into Cafe 56” at around 8.15 p.m. local time (1915 UTC) “and fired several rounds of shots,” police said in a statement. “The reason behind the attack is not yet known and will be investigated.”

Residents told the local “Basler Zeitung” newspaper that the establishment was once known for its links to the drug world, but had since cleaned up its image after changing owners several years ago.

Forensic officers were seen going in and out of the cafe and collecting evidence into the early hours of Friday morning.