Police at the scene in Vienna terrorist attack [photo: BBC]
Nov, 3rd 2020 – Gunmen armed with rifles have opened fire in six different locations in central Vienna, killing two people and wounding several more.
The shootings took place near Vienna’s central synagogue but it is not yet clear if that was the target. The attack happened just hours before Austria imposed new national restrictions to try stem rising cases of coronavirus.
Sebastian Kurz, Austrian Chancellor, called it a repulsive terror attack and has noted that one gunman was killed. He said, “We have become the victim of a disgusting terror attack that is still going on.‘
According to Mayor Michael Ludwig, one victim died at the scene of the shootings while the second succumbed to gun wounds later in the hospital. It is believed that other 14 people remain in hospital as six are in critical condition.
According to police, the incident began on Monday at around 20:00 near the Seitenstettengasse synagogue, when a heavily armed man opened fire on people outside cafes and restaurants.
Members of the special forces quickly arrived at the scene. Among the injured is a police officer who suffered a gunshot before fellow officers shot the perpetrator who was armed with a machete, a pistol and an automatic rifle.
On Twitter, Mr. Kurz wrote, “We are experiencing difficult hours in our republic. Our police will act decisively against the perpetrators of this hideous terrorist attack. We will never allow ourselves to be intimidated by terrorism.“
Many people were out enjoying themselves in bars and restaurants which are now closed until the end of November.