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American teenager among three killed in avalanche in Swiss Alps

An American teenager was among three people killed in an avalanche near the resort town of Zermatt in the Swiss Alps, police said.

The 15-year-old was killed alongside a man and a woman whose identity has not yet been confirmed, police said.

A 20-year-old Swiss man was taken to hospital with serious injuries after the avalanche at 2pm local time (1pm UK time) on Monday.

The event took place in an off-piste area of ​​the Riffelberg slopes, located above the Zermatt resort and below the famous Matterhorn.

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Prosecutors investigated the incident.

Last month, five members of a Swiss family were found dead after going missing while cross-country skiing near the Matterhorn in harsh weather conditions.

Authorities abandoned the search for a sixth missing person a few days later.

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