© Reuters. Police blocks a avenue close to Schwedenplatz sq. after exchanges of gunfire in Vienna
By Francois Murphy
VIENNA (Reuters) – A number of gunmen fired pictures at six areas in central Vienna beginning close to the central synagogue on Monday, killing not less than one particular person and wounding others in what the inside minister stated gave the impression to be a terrorist assault.
A big space of central Vienna was cordoned off. Police stated a big deployment was beneath method and that that they had shot lifeless one of many suspects. They urged individuals to remain inside.
Inside Minister Karl Nehammer instructed Austrian broadcaster ORF that the assault was believed to have been carried out by a number of individuals and that every one six areas had been within the fast neighborhood of the road housing the central synagogue.
“In the meanwhile I can affirm we imagine that is an obvious terror assault,” he stated.
“We imagine there are a number of perpetrators. Sadly there are additionally a number of injured, in all probability additionally lifeless.”
Police stated on Twitter that not less than one particular person had been killed and a number of other injured, together with a police officer. ORF reported that 15 individuals had been being handled for accidents in Vienna hospitals, and that seven had been in severe situation.
Authorities gave no indication of the id of the assailants or purpose for the assault.
President Emmanuel Macron of France, which has seen two lethal knife assaults in Paris and Good in current weeks, issued an announcement expressing shock and sorrow.
“That is our Europe,” he stated. “Our enemies should know with whom they’re dealing. We won’t retreat.”
French officers have ramped up safety after the assaults in Paris and Good, which had suspected Islamist motives. Macron has deployed 1000’s of troopers to guard websites corresponding to locations of worship and faculties, and ministers have warned that different Islamist militant assaults may happen.
Jewish group chief Oskar Deutsch stated on Twitter that it was not clear whether or not the Vienna synagogue and adjoining workplaces had been the goal of the Vienna assault, and stated they had been closed on the time.
Movies circulated on social media of a gunman working down a cobblestone avenue taking pictures and shouting. Reuters couldn’t instantly confirm the movies.
In 1981, two individuals had been killed and 18 injured throughout an assault by two Palestinians on the identical synagogue. In 1985, a Palestinian extremist group attacked Vienna airport with hand grenades and assault rifles, killing three civilians.
Lately, Austria has been spared the kind of large-scale assaults seen in Paris, Berlin and London.
In August, authorities arrested a 31-year-old Syrian refugee suspected of attempting to assault a Jewish group chief within the nation’s second metropolis Graz. The chief was unharmed.
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