Swiss police said that an officer had shot and killed a Sri Lankan man after the man lunged at other asylum seekers wielding two knives.
The 38-year-old asylum seeker was mortally wounded at around 2am (0000 GMT) Saturday after he tried to stab two other asylum seekers who were in the company of police officers in the southern Italian-speaking region of Ticino, Police said, according to the AFP news agency.
Officers had been called in to break up a fight in Brissago, on the shores of Lake Maggiore, and were on the ground floor of a building when the Sri Lankan attacked the other people, police said in a statement.
In a bid to protect those present, an officer had fired at the assailant.
Despite attempts to administer first-aid, the man died on the spot. No one else was injured, police said.
An investigation has been opened into the shooting, they added. (Colombo Gazette)