Attack on synagogue ‘leave officer defending his life’ in Vienna

    Attack on synagogue 'leave officer fighting for his life’ in Vienna

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    A law enforcement officer is supposedly defending his life after being shot outside a synagogue in Vienna (Picture: AFP)

    Three individuals have actually been eliminated and 15 have actually been injured in Vienna in what the Austrian Chancellor has actually identified a ‘hideous terror attack’.

    Gunmen equipped with rifles opened fire in numerous places in the city centre, according to authorities, as drinkers sat outside bars on the last night prior to the nation entered into a 2nd lockdown.

    Chancellor Sebastian Kurz stated authorities had actually eliminated among the suspects, while the interior ministry has actually verified among the dead was a civilian.

    Local media reports show a policeman protecting the city’s primary synagogue near the main square of Schwedenplatz was shot.

    According to Kronen Zeitung, Austria’s biggest paper, 6 criminal activity scenes have actually been developed and shots were fired in the underground city system.

    The suspects were stated to have actually utilized knives in addition to long-barrelled guns.

    Video video appears to reveal gunshots being fired in the Austrian capital where a number of outlets have actually verified there is a continuous authorities operation.

    An officer protecting the temple is seriously hurt after being shot and someone has actually been jailed, according to the nation’s Interior Ministry.

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    Gunshots might be heard in a street near the main square of Schwedenplatz in cellphone video shared by Kronen Zeitung.

    Unverified video shared on Twitter appeared to reveal plain-clothed armed reaction officers advancing under shooting along a street around the corner from the Stadttempel synagogue on Seitenstettengasse.

    They might be seen ducking into cover as the shots sounded out.

    A 3rd clip, which the poster declared was taken in the location throughout the attack however has actually because been removed, appeared to reveal a guy in a white top and black bandanna shooting a long-barrelled gun in a paved street.

    The Reuters news firm, mentioning the editor of Austrian weekly news publication Falter, reported that Interior Ministry authorities have actually verified ‘many’ individuals have actually been hurt in addition to the policeman.

    A regional Jewish neighborhood leader, Oskar Deutsch, stated on Twitter the shooting occurred in the street where the synagogue lies however that it wasn’t clear whether the location of praise had actually been targeted.

    VIENNA, AUSTRIA - NOVEMBER 02: Heavily armed police stand outside the Vienna State Opera following shots fired in the city center on November 02, 2020 in Vienna, Austria. Police blocked off nearby streets around Schwedenplatz square and urged people to stay away in what seems to be an ongoing event possibly involving several attackers. (Photo by Michael Gruber/Getty Images)

    Armed authorities were stationed throughout the capital’s centre in the after-effects (Picture: Getty)

    A man holds his hands up as police officers check him on a street after exchanges of gunfire in Vienna, Austria November 2, 2020. REUTERS/Lisi Niesner

    Citizens in the location underwent checks by armed authorities (Picture: REUTERS)

    The synagogue, the city’s primary temple, and surrounding workplaces utilized for administrative personnel were closed at the time, he included.

    Rabbi Schlomo Hofmeister stated he saw aggressors fire chance ats individuals sitting outdoors bars in the street listed below his window.

    He informed the Associated Press: ‘They were shooting at least 100 rounds just outside our building’.

    ‘All these bars have tables outside. This night is the last eve the lockdown.

    ‘As of midnight, all bars and restaurants will be closed in Austria for the next month and a lot of people probably wanted to use that evening to be able to go out.’

    Police tweeted they had actually released ‘all available forces’ in the location and advised individuals to prevent public squares.

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