"Palacio Belvedere, Viena, Austria, 2020-02-01" by Diego Delso / CC BY-SA 4.0

Vienna shooting attack suspect was Islamic State sympathizer, Austrian authorities say

Nov 3, 2020

By Denise Hruby and Loveday Morris

Peering out a window at Vienna’s main synagogue compound on Monday evening, Rabbi Schlomo Hofmeister watched as a gunman opened fire on customers in the bars and restaurants of the city’s main nightlife district.

The shots rang out — dozens of volleys, perhaps hundreds, he isn’t sure — sending people fleeing through the streets in panic or into bars to seek cover. The attacker followed them inside, he said. More gunfire followed.

The shooting left at least five dead, including an assailant, along with 22 people injured. It unfolded as the city’s residents relished a few final hours of revelry before a new coronavirus lockdown.

It also came amid an uptick in extremist violence in Europe, with four people killed in knife attacks in France over the past month. Terrorist attacks have been extremely rare in Austria, however. The last major incident was in 1985, at the Vienna airport.

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