Vienna Shooting Raids In Germany On Gunman’s Contacts


Vienna Shooting Raids In Germany On Gunman’s Contacts

German police have searched the homes of four men over suspected links with a militant Islamist gunman who shot dead four people in central Vienna.

Police say the men are not considered suspects but they did have contact with the attacker and two met him in person.

A number of suspects are still being held in Austria, but officials are following up leads in Switzerland too.

The gunman went on the rampage in Vienna on Monday night, opening fire in six places in the centre.

Two women and two men were killed and 23 were wounded. Police shot the gunman dead and found that he had both Austrian and Macedonian citizenship.

Austrian authorities are trying to track down the 20-year-old killer’s contacts.

‘Monitored around the clock’

“We are dealing with a violent criminal who was clearly intensely active in the political Islamist network, a sympathiser who took on their ideology,” Austrian Interior Minister Karl Nehammer said on Thursday.

Mr Nehammer said Austrian authorities had had “intensive” co-operation with the FBI in the US and that two of the leads pointed to Switzerland and another unnamed country.

The four men whose homes were searched were aged 19 to 25 and part of the “Islamist scene”, reports said. Two of the four are thought to have met the attacker in Vienna in July, German officials say.

Both men met him several times and one of them stayed at his home, German news agency DPA reported. Another of the men had stayed with the gunman’s family in Vienna and tried unsuccessfully to travel to Syria, it is alleged.

The Vienna gunman travelled to Turkey in 2018 in an attempt to join Islamic State (IS) militants in Syria but was caught and sent back to Austria. IS has claimed via its propaganda outlet that it was behind the Vienna attack.

Tighter Than Expected Vote May Take Days To Resolve

Meanwhile, Austrian officials are seeking pre-trial detention for eight of the 16 men they say have been arrested since the Vienna shooting.

Was attack prompted by planned Vienna raids?

Austria’s interior minister has refused to comment on reports suggesting that security forces had been hours away from conducting a major anti-terror operation when the shooting began.

Vienna Shooting Raids In Germany On Gunman’s Contacts


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