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Asylum seeker from Sri Lanka shot dead by Swiss police in altercation

Swiss police on Saturday shot dead an asylum seeker from Sri Lanka during an altercation in the refugee detention centre. 

The 38 year old asylum seeker is reported to have been armed with a knife. Police were called after he charged at two other asylum seekers. 

The incident occurred in Brissago, Switzerland. 

“To guarantee the safety of all those present, a cantonal police officer fired his gun and seriously injured the aggressor,” Ticino police were quoted by Reuters as saying in a statement.