Vienna: The shootings that happened on Monday evening appeared to be a terrorist attack with multiple perpetrators, according to Austrian Interior Minister Karl Nehammer, Xinhua news agency reported.
“The attack is still ongoing,” said the minister to Austrian broadcaster ORF.
Local media reported that at least seven people were killed in the attack.
There were several people injured, the Vienna police said on Twitter. According to a ministry spokeswoman, a police officer was shot and seriously injured in the exchange of fire near Schwedenplatz.
“We are with all possible forces in action,” wrote the police on Twitter, calling on people to avoid all public places in the city.
Videos broadcast by private broadcaster “Oe24” showed a masked shooter who fired at least two shots in the street. Another video showed a large pool of blood outside a restaurant.
Oskar Deutsch, president of the Jewish Community of Vienna, said that it is not clear whether the city temple was one of the targets. “What is certain, however, is that both the synagogue in Seitenstettengasse and the office building at the same address were no longer in operation and closed at the time of the first shots,” he wrote on Twitter.
Modi expressed grief over the Vienna attack
New Delhi: Expressing deep grief over the terrorist attack in Vienna, Austria, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Tuesday that India stands with him in this time of crisis.
Mr. Modi today tweeted, “It was very surprising and sad to know the news of the terrorist attack in Vienna in a cowardly manner.” India stands with Austria at the time of this disaster. My condolences to the victims and their families. “