Italian climber dies on Swiss Matterhorn: police

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An Italian mountaineer was killed Sunday while climbing Switzerland's famed Matterhorn peak with four other alpinists, local police said Monday.

"During the descent ... at an altitude of 4,030 metres, one of the mountaineers fell about 500 metres," police from the southwest canton of Valais said in a statement.

A helicopter was used to reach the body, which is still unidentified, the police added.

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