An Islamic attack in the center of Vienna caused horror across Europe. The attackers killed at least four people on Monday evening and injured several others, including a police officer. A hit man was shot by the police.
Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz spoke of a “disgusting terrorist attack”. Austrian Federal President Alexander Van der Bellen stated: “We will defend our freedom and democracy together and resolutely by all means.”
Chancellor Angela Merkel said she was shocked by the attacks. “In these dire hours, when Vienna has become the target of terrorist violence, I think of the people there and the security forces fighting the danger,” the Chancellor explained on Twitter.
“We Germans support our Austrian friends in sympathy and solidarity,” continues the Chancellor. “Islamist terror is our common enemy. The fight against these murderers and their instigators is our common fight. “
Federal Minister of Foreign Affairs Heiko Maas (SPD) wrote on Twitter: “We must not give in to the hatred that should divide our societies.” Although the scale of the terror cannot yet be foreseen, thoughts are with the wounded and victims.
French head of state Emmanuel Macron and EU Council President Charles Michel also condemned the attack.
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin has condemned the attack in Vienna. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the Austrians as we follow with concern last night’s despicable terrorist attack in Vienna,” Rivlin wrote on Twitter on Tuesday.
The Prime Minister of Bavaria, Markus Söder (CSU), has also expressed disgust at the fatal attack in the Austrian capital Vienna. “We are shocked,” he wrote on Twitter Tuesday morning.
Compassion goes to the victims, injured people and relatives. “We are firmly on the side of Austria.” (Dpa, afp, Reuters)