Vienna Shooting Arrests After Vienna Attacked By Freed Jihadist

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Vienna Shooting Arrests After Vienna Attacked By Freed Jihadist

Police have carried out a series of raids and made 14 arrests in the hours since a gunman murdered four people in the heart of Vienna.

The man blamed for carrying out the attack was described by the authorities as a 20-year-old Islamist terrorist, freed early from jail in December 2019.

Security has been tight in the Austrian capital as police launched a manhunt for further attackers.

But authorities believe the gunman shot dead by police may have acted alone.

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said the four who died were an elderly woman, an elderly man, a young male passer-by and a waitress. Another 22 people were wounded.

One of the women who died was German, Germany’s Foreign Minister Heiko Maas tweeted, condemning the attack.

Interior Minister Karl Nehammer has not ruled out the possibility of a second attacker. Some witnesses spoke of seeing more than one gunman and police are still assessing some 20,000 mobile phone videos of what happened.

“Over 50% have already been watched but the assessment is not over. At the same time the videos already evaluated do not indicate that there was a second perpetrator,” the minister told reporters.

The attacks began at 20:00 local time (19:00 GMT) on Monday night, opposite the main synagogue in a pedestrian alley called Seitenstettengasse, and continued until the gunman was shot dead at 20:09.

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Police identified a total of six crime scenes in the area, as witnesses described seeing attackers opening fire on people outside bars and then chasing them inside.

It was clearly an attack driven by “hatred of our way of life, our democracy”, Chancellor Kurz said.

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A special service to commemorate the victims is being held at Vienna’s St Stephen’s Cathedral now, attended by Christian, Jewish and Muslim leaders and senior politicians including Chancellor Kurz.

Three days of national mourning have begun, with flags flying at half-mast. Children – those in Vienna kept at home for safety on Tuesday – will observe a minute’s silence at school on Wednesday.

Vienna Shooting Arrests After Vienna Attacked By Freed Jihadist

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