Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Austria declares 3 days of mourning, no evidence yet of 2nd perpetrator -

Austrian Interior Minister Karl Nehammer said Tuesday that there was so far no evidence of a second perpetrator involved in Monday evening's deadly terror attack in central Vienna.

Austrian police have collected some 20,000 videos. Experts are evaluating all of them, and over 50 percent have already been viewed, which did not at this time reveal any evidence of a second perpetrator, he told a press conference.

Since half of the videos have not been evaluated, Vienna is still placed under the highest security level, Nehammer said.

On Monday evening, at around 8:00 p.m. (1900 GMT), a terrorist attack took place in Vienna's inner city when an unknown number of gunmen opened fire on people enjoying a last-night out at Vienna's cafes and restaurants before the start of a coronavirus lockdown early Tuesday.

Four civilians were confirmed dead, and 22 others were injured in the attack, Nehammer said. A police officer who was seriously injured had received a successful operation and his condition is stable, he added.

Nehammer also said the 20-year-old perpetrator, identified by local media as Kujtim Fejzulai, was "quickly neutralized" and killed by police, which prevented worse things from happening.

Police have searched 18 locations in Vienna and Lower Austria, and 14 people have been arrested, he added.

National mourning

The Austrian government declared on Tuesday a three-day national mourning after the terror attack. Starting on Tuesday, flags have been lowered to half-mast on public buildings across the country, according to a government statement.

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