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Three killed, seven injured in shooting at Swiss wood-processing company

Published on Feb 27, 2013 9:05 PM
Police and rescue service vehicles are seen in front of the wood processing plant of Kronospan following a shooting in Menznau near Lucerne on Wednesday, Feb 27, 2013. Three people, including the suspected assailant, have been killed in the shooting, police said on Wednesday. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

MENZNAU (REUTERS) - A Swiss factory worker shot two colleagues dead and injured seven more on Wednesday at a wood processing plant near the city of Lucerne, police said.

The shooting was already over and the killer was dead by the time police arrived at the scene. Five of the injured were in a serious condition.

Lucerne police chief Daniel Bussmann told a news conference the 42-year-old attacker had worked at the factory in the town of Menznau, west of Lucerne, for 10 years, but said the motive for the attack was not clear.

A prosecution spokesman said the shooting took place over two to three minutes, with the dead and injured found on the factory floor, in a corridor and the site canteen.

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