Vienna attack Suspect Shot Dead
VIENNA (AP) – Gunmen opened fire on people enjoying a final night in Vienna before a coronavirus lockdown on Monday in a terrorist attack that left at least two dead, including one of the attackers, and 15 others injured, the officials said. authorities.
“There were several attackers in several places, in Vienna.”
European editor of Der Standard, Thomas Mayer tells Sky News what he knows far about the suspected terror attack in the Austrian capital.
— SkyNews (@SkyNews) November 2, 2020
“I am glad that our police were able to neutralize one of the attackers,” said Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz. “We will never be intimidated by terrorism and we will combat these attacks with all means.”
Police said multiple shots were fired shortly after 8 p.m. on a busy street in the city center and that there were six filming locations.
Austria’s top security official said authorities believe multiple gunmen were involved and that a police operation was still underway hours later.
— Buket Uzunoğlu (@Birbuketgokyuzu) November 2, 2020
“It appears to have been a terrorist attack,” Interior Minister Karl Nehammer told the public broadcaster ORF, adding that the assailants were armed with rifles. He said the army had been asked to monitor key locations in the city to allow police officers to pursue the attackers.
BREAKING: Again A horrible terrorist attack is unfolding on the streets of #Vienna with 6 deads and several injured.
The same terrorism that has been ravaging Syria and Lebanon for nearly a decade is now routinely striking Europe.
— Neetu Garg (@NeetuGarg6) November 2, 2020
Vienna Mayor Michael Ludwig said 15 people were hospitalized, seven seriously injured.
This is terrible.
— Adeem Ghaffar Rana (@ranaadeem) November 2, 2020
Oskar Deutsch, the head of the Jewish community in Vienna, said the shooting took place on the street in front of the city’s main synagogue, but that it was unclear whether the house of worship had been targeted. The synagogue was closed at the time, Deutsch tweeted.
🏴 Nationalist Armenians/Kurds spreading lies by saying that the terrorist attack was done by Turks, but the reality is: 2 Turkish passangers who speaking Turkish in the video SAVES the lifes of one Austrian Police & one woman.#Vienna #Wien #WienAttack pic.twitter.com/f3UK0uOCFg
— |Grey Arrow Flag (@ArrowFlag) November 2, 2020
Rabbi Schlomo Hofmeister said he saw at least one person shoot people sitting outside in street bars below his window.
“They were firing at least 100 rounds right outside our building,” Hofmeister said.
“All these bars have tables outside. Tonight is the last night before the confinement, ”he added. “Starting at midnight, all bars and restaurants will be closed in Austria for the next month, and a lot of people are likely to want to use that night to be able to go out.”
Kurz said these were “difficult hours for our republic” and promised: “Our police will act decisively against those responsible for this despicable terrorist attack.”
French President Emmanuel Macron tweeted that the French “share the shock and pain of the Austrian people hit by an attack tonight.”
“After France, this is a friendly country that has been attacked. This is our Europe … We will not give up, ”he wrote.
France has suffered three attacks attributed to Muslim extremists in recent weeks: one by a Pakistani refugee who injured two people in front of the former headquarters of the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo; the beheading of a schoolmaster who showed students caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad; and a deadly knife attack Thursday at a church in the Mediterranean city of Nice. France has entered a maximum security alert.
Vienna authorities urged people to avoid all open spaces and public transportation. Police said the trams and buses were not stopping and urged social media users not to post videos of the police operation so as not to endanger the officers.
What do we know about the attack?
Police said the incident began near the Seitenstettengasse synagogue, which is the main temple in Vienna.
Jewish community leader Oskar Deutsch tweeted that the synagogue was closed at the time the attack began at 20:00 (19:00 GMT).
An officer guarding the synagogue was injured, newspaper Kronen Zeitung reported.
Footage posted on social media showed people running through the streets as gunshots rang out.
As a major anti-terror operation swung into action, police urged people to avoid the area and not to use public transport. Roadblocks were set up around the city centre.
Police in the neighbouring Czech Republic said they had launched random checks on the border with Austria amid fears that the gunmen might head in that direction.
“It sounded like firecrackers, then we realised it was shots,” said one witness quoted by ORF.
What has the reaction been?
On Twitter, Mr Kurz said: “Our police will act decisively against the perpetrators of this hideous terrorist attack. We will never allow ourselves to be intimidated by terrorism.”
Vienna terror attack Details and Videos of suspect killer
European leaders strongly condemned the attack. French President Emmanuel Macron said that Europe must not “give up” in the face of attacks.
“We the French people share the shock and grief of the Austrian people, struck this evening by an attack in the heart of their capital, Vienna. After France, a friend of ours is attacked. This is our Europe. Our enemies must know who they are dealing with,” he said.
Three people died in a knife attack in a church in the French city of Nice last week in what Mr Macron said was an “Islamist terrorist attack”.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson tweeted his support for the people of Vienna saying he was “deeply shocked by the terrible attacks in Vienna tonight”.
“The UK’s thoughts are with the people of Austria – we stand united with you against terror,” he said.
European Council President Charles Michel called it a cowardly act that violated life and human values.