The umbrella association of Islamic organisations in Zurich (VIOZ) has suspended a mosque that was raided by police on Wednesday. An imam is suspected of inciting violence and is now the subject of a criminal investigation.

VIOZ president Mahmoud El Guindi said in an interview with the German-language SonntagsZeitung newspaper, "We are shocked that an imam in one of our houses of prayer called for violence."

The imam at the An'Nur mosque in Winterthur, north of Zurich is accused of having called on worshippers to murder other Muslims who refused to take part in communal prayers. He also allegedly called on those present at the sermon, which the police said took place on October 21 this year, to denounce them.

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