Nov. 3 (UPI) — Austrian authorities confirmed on Tuesday that 4 individuals have died and nearly two dozen had been injured in a terrorist assault in Vienna they are saying was “motivated by hate.”
A minimum of one shooter armed with an automated rifle opened fireplace in a number of places on Monday night time, together with the road close to a synagogue, officers stated.
One attacker was shot useless by police exterior St. Rupert’s church. He was carrying an explosive belt and a bag stuffed with ammunition, investigators say.
Police on Tuesday recognized the useless gunman as a 20-year-old man with twin Austrian and North Macedonian citizenship who had a earlier prison conviction for “terrorist affiliation.”
IS has claimed accountability for the assault in an announcement calling the shooter a “soldier of the caliphate.”
Authorities had been trying to find others who could have been concerned within the capturing, and police stated Tuesday in an announcement that they’ve arrested 14 individuals and carried out searches of 18 residences throughout their ongoing investigation.
“It’s nonetheless unclear whether or not a second gunman is at giant, nevertheless, it’s potential the gunman acted as a single perpetrator,” police stated.
Authorities have warned residents to remain indoors and college students to remain house from faculty.
The assault occurred whereas crowds of individuals had been gathered at Vienna bars and eating places previous to a brand new COVID-19 lockdown that was set to start at midnight.
The shooter, who was killed by police on the finish of the assault, was an IS sympathizer, Austrian inside minister Karl Nehammer stated. Police have searched his residence and are searching for accomplices, he added.
“It was an assault motivated by hate — hate for our core values, hate for our lifestyle, hate for our democracy by which all individuals are equal in rights and dignity,” Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz stated.
“We is not going to be intimidated by the terrorists. It’s a battle between civilization and barbarism, and we’ll struggle this battle with all dedication.”
Almost two dozen individuals had been injured within the assault, a number of of whom are in a “life-threatening” situation.
An officer who was shot in the course of the incident is in restoration, police stated.
Britain stated it has in response elevated its terrorist risk stage to “extreme,” the second-highest rank on its five-tier scale, which means “an assault is very seemingly.”
House Secretary Priti Patel stated in an announcement it was raised from “substantial” as a precautionary measure and never as a consequence of a selected risk.