Vienna Terror Attacks: “India stands with Austria”, says PM Modi while sending condolences

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday took to twitter to convey his condolences over the terror attacks in Vienna, in which two people were killed and at least 14 were injured, and said he was “shocked and saddened” by the terror attacks in Austria’s capital city.

“Deeply shocked and saddened by the dastardly terror attacks in Vienna. India stands with Austria in this tragic time. My thoughts are with the victims and their families,” PM Modi said in a tweet on Tuesday.

At least one individual was killed and a few injured in central Vienna in trades of gunfire late on Monday, in what the Austrian inside priest said was accepted to be a terrorist assault close to the central place of worship. 

Vienna police said on Twitter there were numerous suspects and six distinct areas included. 

The attacks, in six locations including near a synagogue in the centre of the city, were carried out by “several suspects armed with rifles”, police said on Monday night.

The Vienna attacker shot dead by police was a sympathiser of the Islamic State group, Austria’s interior minister said Tuesday. “This is a radicalised person who felt close to IS,” Karl Nehammer said at a press conference.

Speaking at a news conference Nehammer further said, “It’s the hardest day for Austria in many years. We’re dealing with a terror attack the severity of which, thank God, we’ve not experienced in Austria in many years.”

As a precaution, the interior ministry has reinforced border checks and children are not required to attend school on Tuesday. Though people have been urged to stay at home, Vienna mayor Michael Ludwig said the city would “run normally” on Tuesday. However, there will be tougher police presence on the city’s streets.

Monday’s attack took place on what was the last evening before a nationwide curfew was to come in effect due to the Covid-19 pandemic, across Austria.

The attack also comes on the back of recent stabbing incidents in France– in capital Paris and Nice. In a statement, French President Emmanuel Macron, who has been the subject of outrage of several Muslim-majority countries in recent days, said, “This is our Europe. Our enemies must know with whom they are dealing. We will not retreat.”

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