There may have been a terrorist attack on a synagogue in Vienna. Gunfire reportedly rang out in the center. There is at least one death and several injuries.
According to various reports, there has been an armed attack in Vienna city center. According to the APA news agency, the Ministry of the Interior is assuming a murder or a terrorist act. Initial reports that the attack was aimed at a nearby synagogue were found to be unconfirmed.
According to police, there were several firefights in the incident at Schwedenplatz. Accordingly, several should have been injured. The weekly newspaper “Falter” reports, citing the Austrian Ministry of the Interior, one dead and several injured. ORF says an attacker has been shot.
One perpetrator has been arrested, others are apparently on the run
An eyewitness video showed a person lying on the floor and a large pool of blood in front of a pub. According to the Ministry of the Interior, a perpetrator has been arrested. According to media reports, other perpetrators could be on the run.
An officer was seriously injured, according to a spokeswoman for the Ministry of the Interior. He was shot with a long gun. It has not yet been confirmed whether the nearby synagogue was the target of the attack, the spokeswoman said.
As the president of the Israelite Kultusgemeinde, Oskar Deutsch, told the newspaper “Der Standard”, the synagogue at the crime scene was closed at the time of the incident. There were no more people in the building.
An eyewitness told TV broadcaster ORF that an offender had “shot wildly with an automatic weapon” near the church. Another witness reported on the oe24.TV station that “at least 50 shots” had been fired.
Police cordoned off the area around the scene. A metro station was blocked, “Der Standard” wrote. The population was asked to avoid the city center.
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