Vienna attack: Arrest comes after four people were killed’ in the firing of 'Islamist terrorism'

Austrian police have made several arrests at the address of a suspected Islamic State sympathizer who shot dead at least four people in Vienna on Monday night.

 

Vienna attack: Arrest comes after four people were killed’ in the firing of 'Islamist terrorism'

Two men and two women died of their injuries in the attack in the center of the Austrian capital, hours before the Coronavirus lockdown began.

 

The Vienna Hospital Service said seven people were in critical condition. In all, 17 people were treated in hospitals, with gunshot wounds but also’ amputated.

 

A suspected bomber, who was carrying an assault rifle and a fake suicide vest, was also shot’ dead by police.

 

"We were attacked by at least one Islamist terrorist last night," Interior Minister Karl Nehammer told reporters. Nehammer said a preliminary investigation showed the suspect had sympathized with ISIS. Authorities are still trying to determine if more attackers could escape, he added.

 

Several arrests were made’ after raids on addresses linked to the alleged attacker, the Interior Ministry said Tuesday morning. Police used explosives to enter his flat.

 

The shooting began at 8 pm on Monday near Vienna's main synagogue, as many people were enjoying the last night of open restaurants and bars before the month-long Coronavirus lockdown, which ended at midnight. It started at night.

 

Vienna Police Chief Gerhard Prestel said the attacker was killed’ at 8.09 pm. Among the injured was a 28-year-old police officer. He is in the hospital but not in critical condition.

 

Police were using more than 20,000 videos provided to the authorities by members of the public to find out the true nature of the incidents. He urged people to oppose posting video footage on social media.

 

Hundreds of people were reportedly still taking refuge in cafes and bars, as well as in Austria's National Theater, the Berg Theater, as the city center remained closed, while 1,000 police officers patrolled the streets. Concert attendants were escorted’ out of the opera house under police protection. Venezuelans were urged’ to stay home, and when schools opened outside the city center on Tuesday, parents were urged’ to keep their children at home if possible.

 

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said Vienna had been the target of "heinous terrorist attacks" carried out by "highly professional criminals". "We will never allow ourselves to become aware of terrorism and will resolutely fight these attacks in every possible way," he said.

 

Initially, police said the shootings took place at six locations in Vienna's First District, near the Danube Canal, and alerted a group of "heavy weapons and dangerous" gunmen. But as of Tuesday morning, police were not sure how many were involved.

 

Border checks have been increased’ in neighboring countries.

 

Vienna's the director-general of public security, Franz Rove, said authorities worked overnight to identify the attacker, who was shot’ dead outside St. Rupert's Church, whose body was found’ to contain fake explosives. It was stuffed’ with vests and ammunition.

 

Authorities will not release details of the suspect who died for fear of jeopardizing the ongoing investigation, and video footage of the incidents will help police determine the correct sequence of events, Ruf said. "20,000 videos were uploaded and given to us, and we've already found 20% of that content," he said.

 

Asked if the shooting was carried’ out by Islamist extremists or through anti-Semitism, Ruf said: "It is clear that he was a radical. Can't say because we're still investigating. "

 

Nehammer confirmed that authorities consider the shooting a terrorist attack. "Austria is a democracy, built on freedom of speech and tolerance of coexistence," he said. "Yesterday's attack is an attack on these values ​​and an insufficient attempt to divide us. We will not stand for it. The results will be’ found.

 

The attack began just hours before the new Coronavirus was introduced’ from Austria, including a curfew from midnight to 6 pm, and bars and restaurants in the narrow street network is known, as the "Bermuda Triangle" Was full

 

An eyewitness said the gunman opened fire on groups of people sitting at tables.

 

"They were shooting at least 100 rounds just outside our building. They told reporters they saw through their window above Vienna's main synagogue, at least one person," said Rabbi Schlomo Hofmeister. Shooting people sitting on the street outside.

 

"There are tables outside all these bars. This evening is the last evening before the lockdown. "By midnight, all bars and restaurants in Austria will be closed for the next month, and a lot of people probably wanted to use this evening to go out."


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