1 Killed, 15 Injured In Vienna Terrorist Attack On Last day Before COVID-19 Lockdown

Two gunmen opened fire blindly at the city centre in the Austrian capital as revellers enjoyed their last meal in pubs and restaurants before the winter pandemic lockdown

Raghav N

November 3, 2020

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Terrorist attacks are on a rise in the European continent after France declared a war against Islamist-separatism. On Monday night, armed gunmen went on a rampage killing one and injuring 15 others in Austria’s capital city Vienna. Starting at around 8 pm, several gunshots were fired in the Sweden Square, a lively area full of restaurants and pubs. While one militant was taken down, the others are still at large. Eyewitnesses claim that the perpetrators started shooting blindly, leading to a chaotic scene with people running in all directions to save themselves.

Monday was the last evening before the country went into another lockdown due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

The motive behind the attack is not clear, though Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said it could be an anti-Semitic attack, considering the incident took place right outside the city’s primary synagogue.  He also added that the shooters were very well-equipped and came fully prepared to carry out the massacre.

The Austrian government has asked its citizens to stay at home and avoid crowded places. France President Emmanuel Macron pledged support to Austria, tweeting that after France, a friendly country is under attack.

Security has been boosted across schools, public places and places of worship in Vienna.

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