The Austrian government has confirmed that at least one suspect in Monday’s terrorist attack in Vienna is an Islamic State terrorist, who reportedly spent 22 months in prison for trying to travel to Syria to join Islamic State’s caliphate. The suspected gunman, 20, was killed by authorities Monday.
Interior Minister Karl Nehammer told the Austrian news agency APA, according to the Associate Press, that several other suspects have been arrested.
Monday’s shootings took place near a synagogue and a kosher restaurant in an area reportedly known for its lively nightlife scene just hours before the country was to go on its second partial lockdown due to COVID-19.
Four people were reportedly killed, including a police officer, in the attacks and 17 others are said to be wounded.
“Yesterday’s attack was clearly an Islamist terror attack,” Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said, according to the AP. “It was an attack out of hatred — hatred for our fundamental values, hatred for our way of life, hatred for our democracy in which all people have equal rights and dignity.”
In response to the attacks, Austria has imposed a stricter lockdown, closing schools and telling the public to stay home. Further, Jews have been instructed not to publicly display their faith.
The public has been advised to stay inside. Jews have also been told to remove Kippot (skullcaps) and any other public displays of faith.
There are also reports of a hostage situation.
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Hunter Biden Indicted on Federal Gun Charges Amidst Special Counsel Investigation
In a significant development, Hunter Biden, the son of President Joe Biden, was indicted on Thursday on federal gun charges as part of Special Counsel David Weiss’ ongoing investigation. The indictment alleges that Hunter Biden made false statements during the purchase of a firearm, among other charges.
The charges against Hunter Biden include:
• Making a false statement in the purchase of a firearm
• Making a false statement related to information required to be kept by a federal firearms licensed dealer
•Possession of a firearm by a person who is an unlawful user of or addicted to a controlled substance
According to the indictment, the alleged incident occurred on or about October 12, 2018, in the District of Delaware. Hunter Biden is accused of knowingly making a false and fictitious written statement during the acquisition of a Colt Cobra 38SPL Revolver. According to reports from Fox News, the statement, submitted on Form 4473, falsely certified that he was not an unlawful user of, and addicted to, any stimulant, narcotic drug, or controlled substance.
Furthermore, the indictment further states that between October 12, 2018, and October 23, 2018, in the District of Delaware, Hunter Biden knowingly possessed the same firearm despite being an unlawful user of and addicted to controlled substances. This marks the first set of charges brought by Special Counsel David Weiss against Hunter Biden since being granted special counsel status.
The investigation came to public attention when it was reported by Fox News in 2021 that police had responded to an incident in 2018 involving a gun owned by Hunter Biden.
Reports state that, Hallie Biden, the widow of President Biden’s late son, Beau, who was in a relationship with Hunter at the time, discarded the gun. Hunter’s gun was thrown away in a dumpster near a market, located close to a school. It was subsequently revealed that Hunter Biden had purchased a gun earlier that same month.
Hunter Biden’s legal troubles do not end with the gun charges. Earlier in July, an original plea agreement collapsed, which would have seen him plead guilty to two misdemeanor tax counts for willful failure to pay federal income tax, thus avoiding jail time on a felony gun charge. Instead, he pleaded not guilty to two misdemeanor tax charges and one felony gun charge.
Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed David Weiss as special counsel to oversee the Hunter Biden investigation and related matters. The White House has declined to comment on these developments, which continue to draw significant public and media attention.
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