At least four people were killed and a further 22 reportedly injured in the Vienna shooting incident that took place last night at six locations across the Austrian capital.
The victims were two males and two females which include “an elderly man, an elderly woman, a young male passerby and a waitress”, according to Austria’s chancellor Sebastian Kurz.
The attacker was shot dead by police nine minutes into the attack and identified as 20-year-old Kujtim Fejzulai who was a supporter of the Islamic State and was arrested last year while traveling to Syria to join ISIS.
Kujtim Fejzulai was sentenced to a 22-month prison sentence but released early on December 5th. Furthermore, he was born in Austria and had family background from Northern Macedonia according Kurz.
Armed forces have been deployed across the Austrian capital to help secure the situation especially at the scene of the attack while residents have been asked to stay at home or in a safe place until instructed otherwise.
The initial attack took place around 8 pm and was centered near the Stadttempel synagogue which was closed at the time while the five other attack locations were identified as Salzgries, Fleischmarkt, Bauernmarkt, Graben and, Morzinplatz which are all located near the temple.
According to the interior minister Karl Nehammer, the attacker had posted a photo of himself with the weapons on his Instagram account before carrying out the attack.
Fourteen people have been arrested and they are being detained for questioning regarding their association with the attacker. However, authorities now believe that there is no indication that there was a second assailant.
European leaders have strongly condemned the Vienna shooting incident following two incidents in France in recent weeks.
Pakistan strongly condemns the attack on Vienna
Pakistan also condemned the attack that took place in Vienna leaving four dead and several injured according to a statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.