Vienna terror attacks HIGHLIGHTS: The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the Vienna attack that left at least five people killed – including an assailant – and 15 others injured after multiple gunmen opened fire across Austria’s capital city Monday. Interior Minister Karl Nehammer said that initial investigations indicate the suspect who was killed sympathised with the Islamic State. At least 14 other suspects have been arrested by the police.
Reacting to the incident, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he was saddened by the dastardly terror attacks and asserted that India stands with Austria during this tragic time. “Deeply shocked and saddened by the dastardly terror attacks in Vienna,” Prime Minister Modi tweeted. “India stands with Austria during this tragic time. My thoughts are with the victims and their families,” he added.
The shooting began shortly after 8 pm GMT Monday near Vienna’s main synagogue a day before the start of a month-long coronavirus lockdown. Jewish community leader Oskar Deutsch said on Twitter it was not clear whether the Vienna synagogue and adjoining offices had been the target and said they were closed at the time.
French President Emmanuel Macron, whose country has experienced three Islamist attacks in recent weeks, said, “This is our Europe. Our enemies must know with whom they are dealing. We will not retreat.” US President Donald Trump tweeted, “Our prayers are with the people of Vienna after yet another vile act of terrorism in Europe.”