Vienna terror attack: “Up to 7 dead” as multiple gunmen open fire in six areas – World News

At least one person has been killed at a shooting in Vienna with several others injured.

Police have confirmed that there are six different shooting locations in Austria’s capital this evening, which started at synagogue in the centre of Vienna at around 8pm local time.

There are unconfirmed reports that up to seven people have been killed, but police have said that there are “several suspects armed with rifles”.

Austria’s Interior minister Karl Nehammer told TV channel ORF that the shooting is believed to be a terror attack.

“At the moment I can confirm we believe this is an apparent terror attack,” he said.

Mr Nehammer said he cannot rule out that one attacker was wearing an explosive belt. All six shooting locations are in the immediate vicinity of street housing central synagogue, he added.

Police block a street near Schwedenplatz square
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One suspect and a bystander have been shot dead, according to news agency APA.

Vienna Police on Twitter confirmed there is a “large police operation” going on in the area, and there are “persons injured,” including a police officer.

They have told people to stay indoors, with several gunmen seen on the streets this evening.

In a series of tweets, Polizei Wien said: “There is a larger police operation going on in the 1st district of Vienna (Inner City area). Officers are on site and check the Situation. We keep you posted on the matter.

The suspected gunman in Vienna

“Shots fired in the Inner City district – there are persons injured – KEEP AWAY from all public places or public Transport.

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“Several shots fired in the central district of Vienna – there are injured people – Do not stay in public areas! Stay home!”

They added public transport is currently not stopping in central Vienna.

Austrian public broadcaster ORF  reports that witnesses said several shots were fired shortly after 8 p.m. local time.

Police at the scene in Vienna, from footage posted online that appears to have gunshots going off in the background

Austrian police men patrol after a shooting near the ‘Stadttempel’ synagogue in Vienna

The attack was reportedly on the street that houses the city’s main synagogue in the area of a nearby square, Schwedenplatz.

The head of Austria’s Jewish community, Oskar Deutsch, said on Twitter they are not clear whether the synagogue or adjourning officers were targets of the shots fired.

He tweeted: “It cannot be said at the moment whether the city temple was one of the goals. What is certain, however, is that both the synagogue in Seitenstettengasse and the office building at the same address were no longer in operation and closed at the time of the first shots.

“In any case, there was shooting in the immediate vicinity of the city temple. All parishioners were asked not to enter public streets and to remain in closed rooms until the all-clear from the security authorities, who worked with the IKG security department be in close contact. Please do not spread unsecured information or rumors, stay indoors and follow police instructions.”

There is a police operation in the city this evening

An Austrian policeman overlooks an area in Vienna following a shooting
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Many have spoken of their shock about this evening’s events.

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One person tweeted: “I just heard about Vienna.. please stay safe everyone, my thoughts are with you”.

Another said: “People in Vienna please stay inside. Stay safe please.” 

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A shooting has reportedly happened at this synagogue in Vienna
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