Gunman behind Austria terror attack was linked to Islamic State

Gunman behind Austria terror attack was linked to Islamic State

- The attacker behind the terror incident in Vienna was known to the police

- He had been arrested last year for trying to leave for Syria to join the Islamic State

- The 20-year-old had been released early due to juvenile law

- Armed with an automatic rifle, handgun and machete he killed 4 people and injured approximately 22 others

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The gunman who caused havoc in the Auistrian capital of Vienna was shot and killed by police on Monday night.

He ran amok and left four people dead and 22 others have allegedly been injured. The man was known to the police.

Last year, he had been jailed after attempting to travel to Syria and join the Islamic State. The 20-year-old did not complete his two-year sentence but was released early due to his age.

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Law enforcement officers are trying to establish whether this was a lone attacker or if he was part of a larger group. So far no evidence has been found of any other attackers but police are remaining vigilant.

According to ITV, the gunman had targeted six places in the centre of Vienna, he began his rampage outside the main synagogue.

Witnesses have reported hearing shots fired into groups of people who had gathered before the new Covid-19 curfew came into effect.

Messages of solidarity have flooded social media with people sending their thoughts and prayers. Photo credit: Facebook/Michael Ludwig
The mayor of Vienna, Michael Ludwig, lays flowers down at a wreath where the attack took place. Photo credit: Facebook/Michael Ludwig
Source: Facebook

World leaders have shared messages of solidarity with Kurz, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson sent him a message after the incident.

Donald Trump took time out of his busy pre-election schedule to tweet his support for Austria.

Earlier, reported two terrorist incidents have occurred in France. The first incident happened at the Notre Dame Cathedral in Nice where a knifeman beheaded an elderly female parishioner and a male churchwarden.

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The gunmen also fatally stabbed a second woman and wounded several others before he was shot and subsequently arrested by the police, Daily Mail reports.

In another development, another gun-wielding man was fatally shot after he threatened people on the streets of Avignon while shouting "Allahu Akbar".

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