‘Several dead’ in suspected terror shootings involving multiple attackers in Vienna
Written by Rother Radio News on 02/11/2020
Several people are dead and a police officer is among the injured after a suspected terror attack carried out by multiple suspects near a synagogue in Vienna.
Sky’s Brussels correspondent Adam Parsons said latest reports suggested seven people had been killed.
Austria’s interior minister said on state broadcaster ORF TV that it was suspected to be a terror attack and that the shootings were believed to have been carried out by multiple people.
The interior ministry also said one suspect had been arrested, APA has said.
The same TV station is also reporting that several people were killed.
Austrian news agency APA also quoted the country’s interior ministry as saying that one attacker had been killed and another could be on the run.
A police officer was shot and seriously injured, the APA news agency also said, citing Austria’s interior ministry.
Police have confirmed the gunfire and said several people are injured.
Oskar Deutsch, the head of the Jewish community in Vienna, said the shooting took place in the street where the city’s main synagogue is located but that it wasn’t clear whether the house of worship had been targeted.
Mr Deutsch tweeted that the synagogue was closed at the time of the shooting.
Officers said the operation in the centre of the city was ongoing and urged people to avoid all open spaces and public transport.
Police tweeted: “There are several injured persons.
“We are on site with all available forces. Please avoid all public squares in the city.”
Police added that the exact circumstances of the incident were still being determined.
State broadcaster ORF said the operation is taking place at a synagogue.
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