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At least three dead in Vienna and gunman on the run in suspected terror shootings involving multiple attackers

Three people are dead and at least one gunman is being hunted after a suspected terror attack carried out by multiple suspects across six locations in Vienna.

Police in the Austrian capital said the attack was carried out by several suspects armed with rifles, and that one has been shot dead by officers.

Gunmen opened fire on people enjoying a last evening out before a coronavirus lockdown Monday, authorities said.

Three people are confirmed dead – including the suspect killed by police – and 14 wounded.

The mayor of Vienna, Michael Ludwig, said the latest victim was a woman wounded in the attack who had subsequently died from her injuries.

Austria‘s public broadcaster ORF-TV earlier reported that several people were killed.

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A heavily armed policeman stands guard at Schwedenplatz place in the center of Vienna on November 2, 2020, following a shooting in the city center. - Two people, including one attacker, have been killed in a shooting in central Vienna, police said late November 2, 2020. Vienna police said in a Twitter post there had been "six different shooting locations" with "one deceased person" and "several injured", as well as "one suspect shot and killed by police officers". (Photo by GEORG HOCHMUTH / APA
Image: A heavily armed policeman stands guard at Schwedenplatz place in the centre of Vienna

Armed policemen stand guard in front of the state opera in the center of Vienna on November 2, 2020, following a shooting. - Two people, including one attacker, have been killed in a shooting in central Vienna, police said late November 2, 2020. Vienna police said in a Twitter post there had been "six different shooting locations" with "one deceased person" and "several injured", as well as "one suspect shot and killed by police officers". (Photo by Joe Klamar / AFP) (Photo by JOE KLAMAR/AFP via
Image: Armed policemen stand guard in front of the state opera

Austria’s Interior Minister Karl Nehammer said at least one suspect was still on the loose in Vienna.

He urged the public to avoid the centre of the city and said children could stay home from school in the morning.

He added that border checks were being stepped up.

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People flee during Vienna shootings

The shootings took place across six locations in Vienna, according to authorities, with the first gunshots heard at 8pm local time at the Seitenstettengasse synagogue.

The fifteen people who were hurt in the attack are being treated in treated across Vienna hospitals, seven of whom are seriously injured, a reporter for ORF-TV.

Rabbi Schlomo Hofmeister said he saw at least one person shoot at people sitting outside at bars in the street below his window.

Mr Hofmeister said: “They were shooting at least 100 rounds just outside our building.

“All these bars have tables outside. This evening is the last evening before the lockdown,” he added.

“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.”

Several people are said to have been killed in Vienna
Image: Several people are said to have been killed

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said: “I am glad that our police were able to neutralise one of the attackers.

“We will not never allow ourselves to be intimidated by terrorism and will fight these attacks with all means.”

Mr Kurz said these were “difficult hours for our republic” and vowed: “Our police will act decisively against the culprits of this despicable terror attack.”

Authorities in Vienna urged people to avoid all open spaces and public transportation.

Police said trams and buses weren’t stopping and urged social media users not to post videos of the police operation so as not to endanger officers

An armed police officer responds to shootings at a synagogue in Vienna, Austria
Image: People are being urged to avoid open spaces and public transport

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Armed police patrol Vienna amid ‘terror attack’

French President Emmanuel Macron tweeted that the French “share the shock and grief of the Austrian people hit by an attack tonight”.

He wrote: “After France, this is a friendly country that has been attacked. This is our Europe … We will not give in.”

France has endured three attacks blamed on Muslim extremists in recent weeks.

Local media in Austria reported earlier that a synagogue had been attacked and shots fired in the area of a nearby square, Schwedenplatz, while there were unconfirmed reports of coordinated attacks nearby.

Oskar Deutsch, the head of the Jewish community in Vienna, said shootings took place in the street where the city’s main synagogue is located – but that it wasn’t clear whether the house of worship had been targeted.

Mr Deutsch tweeted that the synagogue was closed at the time of the shootings.

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Image: Attacks are thought to have taken place across several locations

Armed police have descended on the area in the centre of the Austrian capital
Image: Armed police have descended on the area in the centre of the Austrian capital

Officers said the operation in the city centre was ongoing and urged people to avoid open spaces and public transport, and footage posted online showed crowds fleeing.

In other videos uploaded to social media, armed officers were seen patrolling the streets and gunfire could be heard in one clip recorded from a window above a McDonald’s restaurant.

Police tweeted earlier: “There are several injured persons.

“We are on site with all available forces. Please avoid all public squares in the city.”

Police added that the exact circumstances of the incident were still being determined.

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