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Swiss politicians shocked by NZ mosque killings

The Swiss president, Ueli Maurer, has joined politicians worldwide to express dismay at the shootings at mosques in New Zealand on Friday.

“The attack in Christchurch, in which dozens of people worshipping in mosques were murdered, has shocked us deeply,” Maurer said in a tweet.

“Switzerland condemns all acts of terror, of whatever kind. My thoughts and sympathies are with the victims and their families, and with all the people of New Zealand.”

In a similar message, the two speakers of the Swiss parliament, Marina Carobbio and Jean-René Fournier, condemned the attacks. “There is no room for religious hatred and violence.”

At least 49 people have been killed and about 20 others injured in the shootings in two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. The Swiss foreign ministry said there are no indications of Swiss victims.

The ministry added that the Swiss embassy in the New Zealand capital, Wellington, was in contact with the local authorities.

Four suspects have been detained and firearms seized, according to local police.

swissinfo.ch with SDA-ATS/urs