At least one person has died and several have been injured in a shooting in the center of Vienna, while the Police have confirmed the shooting and asked the population to avoid approaching the area. The Vienna Police have reported a “major police operation” in the center of the Austrian capital, have confirmed that there are “several people injured” and have asked the population to avoid staying in public places.
Interior Minister Karl Nehammer has confirmed that several people carrying long weapons took part in the attacks and has also confirmed that there are injuries. One of the shootings took place near a synagogue, which was closed when the attack began at around 20,000 local time.
The deceased would be one of the attackers
The APA agency assures that Interior is already talking about a terrorist attack or a violent act, but without specifying more details, and that at least one of the attackers has died while another one has fled. “Terrorist attack on a synagogue in Vienna. One dead and several injured,” a journalist from the weekly Falter said on the social network Twitter, citing sources from the Interior Ministry.
The Kronen Zeitung daily reports that a police officer was seriously injured and that one of the attackers blew himself up. The Jewish community in Vienna has indicated that the synagogue was closed at the time the shooting began.