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Dead Vienna attacker an Daesh sympathiser: Minister

AFP/Vienna
Filed on November 3, 2020
Armed policemen control a person near the Schwedenplatz in the centre of Vienna on November 2, 2020, following a shooting. AFP

(GEORG HOCHMUTH)

Austria’s top security official says a third person has died following Vienna shooting.

The Vienna attacker shot dead by police was a sympathiser of the Daesh group, Austria’s interior minister said Tuesday.

“This is a radicalised person who felt close to Daesh,” Karl Nehammer said at a press conference.

Austria’s top security official says a third person has died

Austria’s top security official says a third person has died following Vienna shooting.

Austrian Interior Minister Karl Nehammenr told reporters that two men and a woman have died from their injuries. A suspected attacker was also shot and killed by police.

Authorities are still trying to determine whether further attackers may be on the run. People in Vienna have been urged to stay at home Tuesday.

Fifteen people were injured in the attack in the centre of the capital, among them a police officer he said.

Nehammer called the incident an attack on Austria’s values and democratic society.

“The attacker sympathised with the militant terrorist group Daesh,” Nehammer told reporters. He declined to elaborate, citing the ongoing investigation.





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