UPDATED Tuesday, November 3 15:51: A total of five people have died in the Austrian capital following the terror attack on Monday evening. As a hunt continued for surviving attackers, police in Vienna urged parents not to take their children to school on Tuesday;
The terror attack came as many people were enjoying a last evening out before a new lockdown ordered by the Austrian government. One of the targets was a beer garden, according to eye-witness reports. A waitress was shot dead. An elderly couple and a passer-by were also killed.
The shooting started outside one of the city’s synagogues, which was closed at the time.
The Austrian chancellor tweeted: “We are currently going through difficult times in our republic. I would like to thank all the emergency services who risk their lives, especially today for our safety.
“Our police will take decisive action against the perpetrators of this hideous terrorist attack. I am glad that our police officers have already been able to eliminate a perpetrator. We will never allow ourselves to be intimidated by terrorism and will fight these attacks resolutely by all means.”
Monday evening’s deadly attacks followed several other incidents in the past week in Austria, including damage to a church and an assault on an elderly nun.
The attacker who died was twenty-year-old Kujtim Fejzulai who led dual Austrian-North Macedonian citizenship. He had undergone a de-radicalisation program in jail and was out on parole.
PHOTO: Kujtim Fejzulai’s social media post shortly before the attack