An “apparent terrorist attack” in Vienna on Monday led to several injuries and potentially fatalities, Austria’s interior minister said.
Interior Minister Karl Nehammer told the Austria Press Agency (APA) that officials believe the attack was executed by several people.
“At the moment I can confirm we believe this is an apparent terror attack,” he said, according to Reuters.
“We believe there are several perpetrators,” he said. “Unfortunately there are also several injured, probably also dead.”
Vienna police reported “several” exchanges of gunfire in the Inner City district, which has many bars and restaurants. The incident also occurred close to Stadttempel, Vienna’s main synagogue, but it wasn’t clear if the synagogue was a target, The Washington Post reported.
Oskar Deutsch, the head of Vienna’s Jewish community, tweeted that the shooting occurred in the “immediate vicinity” of the synagogue, but the place of worship was already closed when the attack took place.
Rabbi Schlomo Hofmeister told The Associated Press that he saw at least one person fire shots at people sitting outside bars in the street below his window.
The attack came at 8 p.m., hours before Austria plans to shut down all bars and restaurants for a month in a coronavirus lockdown.
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