Austria announces three days of national mourning and the death toll from the Vienna attack increased to 4

The Austrian government declared three days of mourning in the wake of the terrorist attack that killed four people and a suspect.

“Our thoughts and our hearts are with the victims, the injured and their families in these very difficult hours for the Republic of Austria,” Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said before a cabinet meeting.

Mourning continues until Thursday.

The police announced that a number of gunmen opened fire on a street in central Vienna, at around eight o’clock yesterday evening (1900 GMT), and that shots were fired in six different locations.

The attack also wounded 15 people, including a policeman.

The Austrian Interior Minister said on Tuesday that one of the perpetrators of the Vienna attack, which killed four people, was a holder of Austrian and North Macedonian nationalities, and was previously convicted last year of a terrorist crime for attempting to travel to Syria.

Interior Minister Karl Niehamer told the “APA” news agency that the 20-year-old, who was killed by police bullets, was a supporter of ISIS.

al Wazi told the Austrian News Agency that the attacker, who was shot dead by security forces yesterday evening, was sentenced to 22 months in prison and received a conditional release in December.

The minister added that the police raided 15 houses and arrested several people in connection with the suspect.

A thousand security personnel have been deployed in the city, and investigations are continuing in full swing. The authorities called on the public to avoid the downtown area.

“We cannot currently rule out the possibility that there are other perpetrators,” Nihamer said.

Police said that the attack killed three bystanders, two men and a woman.

Here are some global reactions to the attack.

US President Donald Trump: “These vicious attacks on the innocent must stop.

The United States stands with Austria, France and Europe as a whole in their fight against terrorists, including the terrorism of Islamic extremism.

Democratic candidate for the US presidential elections, Joe Biden: “We must all stand united against hate and violence”.

French President Emmanuel Macron: Europe is our continent… Our enemies must know with whom they are dealing. We will not back down”.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel: We Germans stand with our Austrian friends and sympathize and stand in solidarity with them. 

The battle against Islamic terrorism is our common battle”.

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres: “Followers with deep regret the violent terrorist attacks in Vienna… I condemn those attacks in the strongest terms and affirm the solidarity of the United Nations with the people and government of Austria”.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson: “I am immensely shocked by the terrorist attacks in Vienna.

Our hearts go out to the people of Austria. 

We stand united with you against terrorism.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi: “I am deeply shocked and deeply saddened by the treacherous terrorist attacks in Vienna. 

India stands with Austria at this difficult time”.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison: “I am very shocked by the heinous terrorist attacks in Vienna”.

European Council President Charles Michel: “Europe strongly condemns this cowardly act that violates human life and values… We stand with Austria”.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau: “The shooting incident in Vienna today is horrific and heartbreaking.

 We condemn in the strongest terms this terrorist act.

Saudi Foreign Ministry: We strongly condemn and denounce the terrorist attack in Vienna, and affirm the Kingdom’s solidarity with the Republic of Austria in taking all necessary measures to preserve security and safety from extremism tendencies and acts of terrorism and violence in all its forms.

Tehran condemns and calls for the cooperation of the international community to combat terrorism: On Tuesday, the Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman condemned the terrorist attack that took place last night in Austria, and stressed the need for the international community to cooperate in combating terrorism.

The Islamic Republic of Iran News Agency (IRNA) quoted the spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh as saying: “Terrorism is condemned in all its forms, and the unfortunate event in Vienna shows once again that terrorism and extremism know no boundaries, and that replacing rationality with hatred and incitement creates a void circle that leaves only room for spread. Extreme ideas and violence”.

He stressed the need for the international community to participate in combating terrorism, and said that Iran would always be a part of these efforts.

The Palestinian presidency condemns and affirms the rejection of violence: The Palestinian Presidency also strongly condemned on Tuesday, the “terrorist” attack that occurred in the Austrian capital Vienna last night, which resulted in the death and injury of a number of people.

In a statement published by the official Palestinian News Agency, the Presidency expressed its “strong condemnation of this terrorist act, and its permanent rejection of all forms of violence that are inconsistent with religious and humanitarian values ​​and principles”.

The presidency reaffirmed that the policy of the Palestine Liberation Organization is “to reject all forms of violence and terrorism, whether committed by individuals or armed groups or state terrorism, especially since our Palestinian people still suffer from occupation, terrorism, oppression and violence”.