One Lifeless, Fifteen Injured As Terrorists Assault Austria
Law enforcement officials preserve vigil following the assault
Terrorists have attacked Vienna, Austria with one individual confirmed useless.
In response to the BBC, fifteen folks had been left injured after shootings in central Vienna yesterday.
Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz known as it a “repulsive terror assault” and stated one gunman was additionally killed.
Police stated a number of attackers armed with rifles launched the assault in six completely different places.
A big space has been cordoned off as police scoured town for the opposite gunmen.
The shootings came about close to the central synagogue however it isn’t but clear if that was the goal.
Mayor Michael Ludwig stated 15 folks had been wounded, seven of them critically. Among the many injured is a police officer, based on experiences.
Police stated the incident started close to the Seitenstettengasse synagogue, which is the primary temple in Vienna.
Jewish group chief Oskar Deutsch tweeted that the synagogue was closed on the time the assault started at 20:00 (19:00 GMT).
An officer guarding the synagogue was among the many wounded, newspaper Kronen Zeitung reported.
Footage posted on social media confirmed folks working by the streets as gunshots rang out.
“It appeared like firecrackers, then we realised it was photographs,” stated one witness quoted by ORF.
As a serious anti-terror operation swung into motion, police urged folks to keep away from the realm and to not use public transport. Roadblocks had been arrange across the metropolis centre.
Police within the neighbouring Czech Republic stated they’d launched random checks on the border with Austria amid fears that the gunmen may head in that route.
The assault occurred simply hours earlier than Austria imposed new nationwide restrictions to attempt to stem rising instances of coronavirus. Many individuals had been in central Vienna having fun with bars and eating places which should shut below the brand new measures till the tip of November.
On Twitter, Mr Kurz stated “we’re experiencing troublesome hours in our republic”.
“Our police will act decisively in opposition to the perpetrators of this hideous terrorist assault. We’ll by no means permit ourselves to be intimidated by terrorism,” he stated.
European leaders strongly condemned the assault, with French President Emmanuel Macron saying that Europe should not “quit” within the face of assaults.
“We the French folks share the shock and grief of the Austrian folks, struck this night by an assault within the coronary heart of their capital, Vienna. After France, a good friend of ours is attacked. That is our Europe. Our enemies should know who they’re coping with,” he stated.
Three folks died in a knife assault in a church within the French metropolis of Good final week in what Mr Macron stated was an “Islamist terrorist assault”.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson tweeted his help for the folks of Vienna saying he was “deeply shocked by the horrible assaults”.
“The UK’s ideas are with the folks of Austria – we stand united with you in opposition to terror,” he stated.
European Council President Charles Michel known as it a cowardly act that violated life and human values