The spiritual leader of a mosque in the canton of Zurich linked by media reports to jihadists is strongly denying any involvement in encouraging young Muslims to fight for the Islamic State (Isis).

"I want to emphasize, as I have already done in many sermons previously, that I condemn the actions and the ideology of (Isis)," the mosque's 51-year-old imam said in an interview with the German-language news website watson.ch.

"I despise them for having distorted the image of Islam in all of Europe."

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