Two individuals have been killed in Vienna after a number of gunmen opened hearth within the central a part of town on Monday (native time). Police later gunned down one of many attackers whereas one other remains to be on the run.
The gunmen attacked six places and all had been close to the road housing across the central synagogue in Vienna.
Chancellor Sebastian Kurz described the assault as a “repulsive terrorist attack”. The assault in Vienna comes days after the second terror assault in France in latest occasions through which a girl was beheaded inside a church and two others had been additionally killed.
Austria Interior Minister Karl Nehammer warned individuals to avoid town centre, including that border checks had been being strengthened and that kids wouldn’t be required to attend college on Tuesday.
I’m following with grave concern the violent assaults of terror in Vienna, one in every of our UN HQ.
I condemn these assaults within the strongest potential phrases and reaffirm the @UN‘s solidarity with the individuals & Government of Austria. https://t.co/WQfbKhsMg6
— António Guterres (@antonioguterres) November 3, 2020
“We have brought several special forces units together that are now searching for the presumed terrorists. I am therefore not limiting it to an area of Vienna, because these are mobile perpetrators,” Nehammer earlier advised broadcaster ORF.
The minister additional stated that the attackers “were very well equipped with automatic weapons” and had “prepared professionally”. Vienna mayor Michael Ludwig advised ORF that 15 individuals had been being handled in Vienna hospitals, and that seven had been in a severe situation.
Jewish neighborhood chief Oskar Deutsch stated on Twitter it was not clear whether or not the Vienna synagogue and adjoining workplaces had been the goal and stated they had been closed on the time.
Ob der Stadttempel eines der Ziele warfare, kann derzeit nicht gesagt werden. Fest steht allerdings, dass sowohl die Synagoge in der Seitenstettengasse als auch das Bürogebäude an der selben Adresse zum Zeitpunkt der ersten Schüsse nicht mehr in Betrieb und geschlossen waren. 1/
— Oskar Deutsch (@DeutschOskar) November 2, 2020
The assault occurred hours earlier than a partial lockdown was due to enter place because of the rising unfold of the coronavirus, with eating places, cafes and accommodations shuttered and restrictions on motion at night time.
Authorities gave no indication of the id of the assailants or purpose for the assault.
“We really can’t say anything about the background yet,” Kurz advised ORF. “Of course an anti-Semitic background cannot be ruled out.”
President Emmanuel Macron of France, which has seen two lethal knife assaults in Paris and Nice in latest weeks, issued an announcement expressing shock and sorrow.
(With inputs from Reuters)