The pessimistic optimist.
- Jul 11, 2012
- l'appel du vide
- Uni Grad
"Police say three civilians died in attack by a ‘radicalised person’ and there may be more perpetrators at large after shootings across six locations".
- Three people have died in the Vienna attacks on Monday night, including two civilians and one attacker.
- At least one gunman remained on the run at 1am Vienna time, Interior Minister Karl Nehammer said. He warned the assailants were “heavily armed and dangerous” and urged the public to stay indoors until the all-clear was given.
- 15 people were injured and taken to hospital after the attack that began shortly after 8pm local time on Monday. One of the injured is thought to be a policeman. Seven of the injured were in a serious condition, Vienna’s mayor Michael Ludwig, said.
- The attacks began with volleys of gunfire and the injury and death tolls are expected to rise.
- The dead attacker is believed to have been shot outside St Rupert’s Church. Some early reports suggested he wearing an explosive belt, but police have not confirmed this.
- The assaults, by an unknown number of shooters carrying long firearms, occurred at six locations close to Seitenstettengasse in the heart of the Austrian capital.
- The Austrian chancellor, Sebastian Kurz, described the assaults as “definitely” being a terror attack. He added that it had been “very professionally” planned. Kurz has called the military onto the streets of Vienna.
- Police and security authorities have asked people not to share videos and images on social media of the attacks. Authorities have said is hampering attempts to neutralise the offenders.
- Police have told residents to keep away from the centre of Vienna.
- Early reports suggested the nearby Stadttempel synagogue could have been the target of the attack. But Oskar Deutsch, president of Vienna’s Jewish community, said the synagogue on Seitenstettengasse was closed at the time of the attack. He told the Kurier newspaper it was “unclear” if it was a target.
- The attack occurred on the last night before a new coronavirus lockdown was due to come into force in the city.
- Schools will be closed in Vienna on Tuesday.
- EU and other world leaders have expressed their solidarity with the Austrian people.