Islamic-state sympathiser behind Vienna’s terror attack

ORF TV

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Attacks across central Vienna, in which gunmen killed three people and injured several others, were carried out by at least one “Islamist terrorist,” Austrian Interior Minister Karl Nehammer said on Tuesday, Reuters reports.

Police confirmed on Tuesday that three civilians were killed in the attacks – two men and one woman – with 15 others wounded, including a police officer.

During a televised news conference in the early hours of Tuesday, Nehammer reiterated calls for the public to stay at home, saying one attacker, who was wearing an explosives belt that turned out to be fake, was an Islamic State sympathiser. 

The Interior minister said that the assailant was shot to death by police, who are still hunting for other attackers. 

Nehammer said the attack was an attempt to weaken or divide Austria’s democratic society. 

Earlier reports indicated that Gunmen attacked at least six locations in central Vienna on Monday evening. The first attack started outside the main synagogue of the Austrian capital city. According to witnesses, the men fired into crowds in bars with automatic rifles.