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‘Several dead’ in suspected terror shootings involving multiple attackers in Vienna

Written by 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.

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Police are dealing with a suspected terror attack in Vienna
Image: Police are dealing with a suspected terror attack in Vienna
Armed police have descended on the area in the centre of the Austrian capital
Image: Armed police have descended on the area in the centre of the Austrian capital

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.

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A police officer was shot and seriously injured, the APA news agency also said, citing Austria’s interior ministry.

An armed police officer responds to shootings at a synagogue in Vienna, Austria
Image: An armed police officer responds to shootings at a synagogue in Vienna, Austria
Armed police in Vienna
Image: Armed police have been seen out in force Vienna

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.

A major police operation is underway
Image: A major police operation is underway
Armed police in Vienna
Image: Police have confirmed several people are injured

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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