Vienna Attack: Four killed, terrorist responsible was an ISIS sympathizer

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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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