Gunmen described as “Islamist terrorists” have killed at least four people and left another 17 injured in Vienna, in a night of terror where gunfire could be heard across the city centre. The attacks began in the Jewish quarter in central Vienna at 8pm Monday evening. 

Austrian police said they believed  the attacks had a “Islamistic motive”, while Interior Minister Karl Nehammer said the gunman who was subsequently shot dead by police was an Islamic State sympathiser.

 

A nationwide hunt is underway for at least one other attacker who is on the run.

The attack came on the evening of a national Covid-19 lockdown for Austria, with bars and restaurants full in Vienna as patrons sought to enjoy a last night before restrictions closed bars and restaurants. Shots rang out in the city as shocking scenes unfolded before terrified customers who ran for their lives as gunmen shot indiscriminately and engaged in a gun battle with police.

 

Photo thought to be of a restaurant attacked by the gunmen

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Shocking videos on social media show a gunman running down a cobblestone street shouting, gunning down an unarmed man on a street housing the Jewsh synagogue.

It is now being reported that the 20-yearold gunman who was shot by police was a known Islamist born in Vienna, but who sought to join ISIS in Syria. The Austrian police had thought him ‘incapable of planning an attack in the city.’

‘We experienced an attack yesterday evening from at least one Islamist terrorist,’ Interior Minister Karl Nehammer said. “‘Austria for more than 75 years has been a strong democracy, a mature democracy, a country whose identity is marked by values and basic rights, with freedom of expression, rule of law, but also tolerance in human coexistence. Yesterday’s attack is an attack on just these values.’

Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said that “an anti-Semitic background [to he attacks] cannot of course be ruled out, especially because of the location where this terrorist attack started”.

The Minister for Foreogn Affairs, Simon Coveney tweeted that our “thoughts are with our friends in #Austria tonight after a terror attack in Vienna. ”

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he was “deeply shocked by the terrible attacks in Vienna”. “The UK’s thoughts are with the people of Austria – we stand united with you against terror,” he said

US President Donald Trump said in a tweet ‘our prayers are with the people of Vienna after yet another vile act of terrorism in Europe.’  ‘These evil attacks against innocent people must stop. The U.S. stands with Austria, France, and all of Europe in the fight against terrorists, including radical Islamic terrorists.’