Swiss town of Biel calm after shooting incident: paper, citing police

Police officers survey the site of a shooting in Biel
Police officers survey the site of a shooting in Biel, Switzerland, November 12, 2020. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

November 12, 2020

ZURICH (Reuters) – Police in the Swiss town of Biel deployed on Thursday evening after reports of shots being fired, the Blick newspaper reported, but the local Berner Zeitung newspaper quoted police as saying the situation was now calm.

The circumstances were not immediately clear. Police in the canton of Bern could not immediately confirm details of the incident.

Blick cited a witness as saying five shots had been fired and two men were lying on the ground.

The 20 Minuten paper cited a witness as saying a fight preceded the shooting. “Suddenly one of the men pulled a pistol and shot three times,” it quoted the unidentified witness as saying.

(Reporting by Oliver Hirt and Michael Shields; Editing by Chris Reese and Alex Richardson)