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Vienna attack: German police say raiding flats, offices

AFP/Berlin
Filed on November 6, 2020 | Last updated on November 6, 2020 at 11.20 am
Police officers control the mask compulsory at the Pariser Platz in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany.

The searches were carried out on a request from Austrian authorities.

German police said on Friday they are raiding apartments and offices over possible links to the Austrian Daesh sympathiser who went on a deadly gun rampage in central Vienna.

The sites in Osnabrueck, Kassel as well as in the Pinneberg area that were searched belong to four people, who “are not believed to be involved in the attack,” said the federal criminal agency (BKA).

“But there may be links to the alleged assassin,” it added on Twitter.

The searches were carried out on a request from Austrian authorities, the BKA added.

The gunman, identified as 20-year-old dual Austrian-Macedonian national Kujtim Fejzulai, was killed by police after going on a shooting spree in Vienna on Monday evening that left four people dead.

Austrian police detained 14 people in the wake of the shooting, the first major attack in the country for decades and the first blamed on a militant.

Germany’s Der Spiegel magazine had reported earlier this week that the Vienna attacker had made contact with German militant during an attempt to travel to Syria to join the Daesh group.

The investigation has also led to Switzerland, where prosecutors have confirmed that two Swiss men aged 18 and 24 who were arrested Wednesday had already been the targets of criminal cases over terrorism offences.





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