Zurich mosque attack
Police stand outside an Islamic center in central Zurich, Switzerland, where a gunman opened fire on 19 December 19, injuring three people Reuters/Arnd Wiegmann

The gunman who shot three people at a mosque in Zurich on Monday (19 December) is dead, police said on Tuesday morning, confirming that a body found near the scene was that of the attacker.

Authorities said they had identified the suspect, but have not yet made public any details or the cause of death. A news conference is scheduled for 1pm GMT.

"The dead man found around 300m from the scene of the crime after the shooting in the mosque is the suspect," a statement on a police website said, as quoted by Reuters.

The police called off a manhunt for the suspect, who was identified as being around 30-years-old, wearing dark clothes and a dark woollen cap.

The gunman entered the Islamic centre shortly after 5.30pm local time (4.30pm GMT), near the main train station in Switzerland's financial capital, and opened fire on worshippers, injuring three people, aged 30, 35 and 56. Two of the victims are seriously injured.