Vienna shooting LIVE updates: Manhunt underway after ISIS terrorists kill four in gun rampage near Austrian synagogue

Vienna shooting LIVE updates: Manhunt underway after ISIS terrorists kill four in gun rampage near Austrian synagogue

AN 1,000-PERSON manhunt is underway to find several "armed and dangerous" gunmen after shooting rampage took place near a synagogue in central Vienna.

The nation’s public broadcaster, ORF, cited witnesses saying several shots were fired shortly after 8pm (7pm GMT) in the central belt of the Austrian capital.

Four people were killed and 17 people injured as a result of the attacks, which took place at six different locations near the Stadttempel synagogue.

One police officer was also shot and injured. Perpetrators are said to be at large and on the run, according to the Austrian Interior Ministrty.

The incident is being treated as terror-related, with the army drafted in to support police and protect public buildings and spaces while the search continues.

An ISIS gunman armed with an assault rifle and wearing a fake bomb vest was shot dead following the rampage.

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  • Claudia Aoraha

    SUSPECT IS 'ISIS SYMPATHISER'

    Austria's interior minister Karl Nehammer described the dead suspect as an “ISIS sympathiser” and said the manhunt was continuing to find any other accomplices.

    Special forces from neighbouring countries were deployed to help in the operation and the suspect's home had been searched and videos had been seized.

    One of the suspects is said to have announced the attack on Instagram and pledged allegiance to ISIS leader “The Professor” Abdullah Qardash, reports Bild.

  • Claudia Aoraha

    1,000 PEOPLE STAGING MANHUNT

    At least 1,000 police are now staging a massive manhunt after “several” suspected extremists opened fire near a synagogue and busy restaurants at six sites in the Austrian capital.

    A gunman opened fire on drinkers sitting in beer gardens near Vienna’s main synagogue on the Seitenstettengasse last night.

    The next hour saw violence and bloodshed as police deployed every cop they could to at least six crime scenes.

    The sun rose over a shocked Vienna as police attempt to piece together what happened and track down the rest of the attackers.

  • Joseph Gamp

    IN PICTURES: POLICE GUARD THE VIENNA STATE OPERA

  • Joseph Gamp

    CHILDREN WILL BE KEPT HOME FROM SCHOOL

    The Austrian Government has warned all residents In Vienna to stay indoors following the ongoing manhunt for suspected gunmen after a shooting rampage in the city centre.

    As such the government has said all schools will remain closed in the area today (Tuesday, 3 November).

  • Joseph Gamp

    ITALIAN PM CONDEMNS VIENNA SHOOTINGS

    Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte “strongly condemned” the shootings in Vienna on Monday in which at least two people including one attacker died and several more were injured.

    “There is no room for hatred and violence in our common European home,” he said on Twitter in Italian and German.

    Italy's foreign minister Luigi Di Maio also tweeted that “Europe must react” following the “cowardly attack”.

  • Joseph Gamp

    POLICE SEAL OFF CENTRAL VIENNA AS MANHUNT FOR ATTACKERS AT LARGE CONTINUES

    Several “heavily armed and dangerous” attackers were still on the loose following tonight;'s shootings.

    Police shut down and sealed off large parts of central Vienna as they launched a manhunt to find the perpetrators.

  • Joseph Gamp

    FIFTEEN PEOPLE IN HOSPITAL, SEVEN OF THOSE SERIOUSLY INJURED – VIENNA MAYOR

    The Mayor of Vienna has said that fifteen people have been hospitalised as a result of tonight's shootings, according to Vienna’s mayor.

    Michael Ludwig said seven of those people have suffered serious injuries.

    It comes after reports detailing the number of casualties remained largely unconfirmed.

  • Joseph Gamp

    PRITI PATEL 'DEEPLY SHOCKED AND SADDENED' BY VIENNA ATTACK

    The Home Secretary tweeted: “Deeply shocked and saddened by the incident that has taken place in Vienna this evening.

    “My thoughts are with everyone who has been affected and we stand ready to support in any way we can.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    BORIS JOHNSON SAYS UK 'STANDS UNITED' WITH AUSTRIA

    The Prime MInister is the latest leader to offer his thoughts following the “terrible attacks” in Vienna.

    Mr Johnson tweeted: “I am deeply shocked by the terrible attacks in Vienna tonight.

    “The UK’s thoughts are with the people of Austria – we stand united with you against terror.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    ARMY DRAFTED IN TO HELP AS HUNT FOR SUSPECTS CONTINUES

    The Austrian Government have been drafted in to protect public buildings and spaces while the hutn for the suspects continues.

    Chancellor Sebastian Kurz wrote: “So that the police can concentrate fully on the fight against terrorism, the federal government has decided that the armed forces will take over the property protection previously carried out by the police in Vienna with immediate effect.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    AUSTRIAN CHANCELLOR DESCRIBES SHOOTING AS 'HIDEOUS TERROR ATTACK'

    Austria’s chancellor has described the incident as a “hideous terrorist attack”.

    Sebastian Kurz  tweeted: “I am glad that our police officers have already been able to eliminate a perpetrator,”

     “We will never allow ourselves to be intimidated by terrorism and will fight these attacks resolutely by all means.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    SUSPECTS 'ARE STILL MOBILE'

    Suspected shooters are still mobile, the Austrian interior minister told ORF. 

    One suspect is known to have been killed by police, who said multiple gunmen were involved in the attack.

    Meanwhile, police have told people to stay at home – or to take shelter, if they are out in the city.

    They have also repeated that people should avoid public places and should not use public transport. 

  • Joseph Gamp

    PICTURED: ARMED POLICE STOP CAR

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    VIENNA SHOOTINGS – WHAT WE KNOW SO FAR

    • Shots were fired around 8pm on a pedestrianised street in the city centre
    • There were six different shooting locations
    • Aught attacks took place near the cioty's centra;l synagogue, it is unclear if it was intended target
    • Several gunmen involved
    • One suspect shot and killed
    • Police say one victim dead and multiple injured, including a police officer
    • Around 15 thought to be injured, although reports are unconfirmed
    • Interior minister says shootings are a suspected terror attack

    CZECH POLICE LAUNCH CHECKS ON BORDER WITH AUSTRIA FOLLOWING VIENNA ATTACK

    Czech police said they had started random checks on the border with Austria following Monday's attack near a Vienna synagogue that had left at least two dead and several injured.

    “Police are carrying out random checks of vehicles and passengers on border crossings with Austria as a preventive measure in relation to the terror attack in Vienna,” Czech police tweeted.

    Czech Interior Minister Jan Hamacek said in a tweet Czech police were in touch with Austrian colleagues following the “dreadful news from Vienna”.

    AT LEAST 100 ROUNDS WERE FIRED, SAYS RABBI

    Rabbi Schlomo Hofmeister told the Associated Press that he saw at least one person fire shots at people sitting outside bars in the street below his window.

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

    “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.”

    VIDEO OF TERRORIST SHOOTING VICTIM

    TWO DEAD, INCLUDING ONE ATTACKER, KILLED IN VIENNA SHOOTING

    Two people, including one attacker, have been killed in a shooting in central Vienna, police said late Monday.

    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”.

    “Several suspects armed with rifles” had been involved in the attack around 8 pm local time (2100 GMT), police said.

    MAPPED: AREA OF VIENNA GUN RAMPAGE

    PRESIDENT MACRON OFFERS SUPPORT TO AUSTRIA FOLLOWING ATTACK

    Tweeting in German, President Macron said: “We in France share the shock and sadness of the Austrians after an attack in Vienna. “After France, it is a friendly country that is under attack.

    “This is our Europe. Our enemies need to know who they are dealing with. We won't give in to anything.”

    REPORTS SYNAGOGUE WAS TARGET OF ATTACK REMAIN UNCONFIRMED

    Despite the locations of the shootings, it is still unconfirmed whether the central synagogue had anything to do with tonight's attack.

    Oskar Deutsch, the head of the Jewish community in Vienna, said the shooting 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.

    The synagogue was already closed at the time of the shooting, he tweeted.

    POLICE UPDATE – WHAT WE KNOW SO FAR

    • Several suspects armed with guns
    • One suspect shot and killed
    • One victim killed
    • Several people injured – beliveed to be around 15victims – including police officer

    SIX LOCATIONS INVOLVED IN MULTIPLE ATTACKS, CLAIM REPORTS

    Speaking on ORF TV, the Austrian Interior Minister says there were six locations involved in the attack.

    All locations are in the immediate vicinity of the street housing the city's central synagogue.

    It is unclear if the situation is still active in the Austrian capital.

    MORE PICTURES FROM VIENNA CITY CENTRE

    UNDER SIEGE

    Austrian Police confirmed on Twitter that there are “persons injured” and a “large” operation was underway.

    Polizei Wien posted: “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.

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

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