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 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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