Austrian Interior Minister Karl Nehammer confirmed that one of the perpetrators of the Vienna shooting was an “Islamic terrorist”. At least one of his accomplices is said to be on the run.
“We suffered an attack last night from at least one Islamist terrorist”, Nehammer told reporters, adding that the man killed by police was an Islamic State (IS, formerly IS) sympathizer.
Nehammer described the assailant as a “Radicalized individual with ties to the Islamic State.” Meanwhile, police said the death toll from the shooting in the Austrian capital has risen to three.
The minister also confirmed that at least one accomplice was still at large and hunted down by the security forces.
The terrorist who was shot dead by the police was wearing an explosive vest that “Turned out to be a mannequin,” the police said.
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Gunmen opened fire in six different locations in central Vienna on Monday evening, starting outside the main synagogue in the Austrian capital. Security and witness videos showed the heavily armed men shooting at random people in the streets and exchanging gunfire with police.
Witnesses told media that the assailants also shot at crowds sitting in restaurants and bars. In one of the videos, an attacker could be heard shouting “Allahu Akbar”.
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