2020 Vienna attacks

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2020 Vienna attacks
Stadttempel Vienna September 2006 012.jpg
Image of the Stadttempel (synagogue) in 2006
LocationSchwedenplatz, Vienna, Austria
Coordinates48°12′42″N 16°22′36″E / 48.21167°N 16.37667°E / 48.21167; 16.37667Coordinates: 48°12′42″N 16°22′36″E / 48.21167°N 16.37667°E / 48.21167; 16.37667
Date2 November 2020 (2020-11-02)
20:00 (UTC+01:00)
Attack type
Deaths5 (including one attacker)
Non-fatal injuries

The 2020 Vienna attacks was a spree shooting which happened on 2 November 2020 in Vienna, Austria. Multiple gunmen across six locations opened fire with automatic weapons. The death of a civilian and of a perpetrator are confirmed, but many more victims are suspected,[1] while several more are injured,[2] with one of them a police officer.

Chancellor Sebastian Kurz called it "definitely a terrorist attack".

The attack[change | change source]

Many people were partying, as a nationwide Corona-related lockdown would be put in place on November 3. In the early evening (about 8pm local time), several attackers started shooting into partying crowds using rifles.[3] On November 3, the police said there were up to four attackers.[4] These attackers were heavily armed, and dangerous.[4]There are six sites in the center of Vienna, at which attacks took place.[3]

Police killed one attacker, at least one is still at large. The attacks started near the city's main synagogue, which was closed at the time. They killed one person. Between 15 and 20 people wounded, and are being treated in hospitals. Seven of them were severely wounded. A police officer was wounded. Two other people died in hospital.[4]

The attackers[change | change source]

One attacker was shot by police. They said that this attacker was an Islamist.[4] He was 20, born in Vienna, with family from North Macedonia or Albania. Police knew him, as he already been convicted for forming a terrorist organization.[5]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Austria: Several people injured in Vienna shooting". Al Jazeera. 2 November 2020. Retrieved 2 November 2020.
  2. "Several Injured in Vienna as Reports Emerge of Attack on Synagogue". Haaretz. 2 November 2020. Retrieved 2 November 2020.
  3. 3.0 3.1 red, ORF at/Agenturen (2020-11-02). "Terror in Wien: Tote und Verletzte nach Schüssen". news.ORF.at (in German). Retrieved 2020-11-03.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 red, ORF at/Agenturen (2020-11-03). "Vier Todesopfer in Wien: Täter hatte islamistischen Hintergrund". news.ORF.at (in German). Retrieved 2020-11-03.
  5. red, ORF at/Agenturen (2020-11-03). "Attentäter war 20 und einschlägig vorbestraft". news.ORF.at (in German). Retrieved 2020-11-03.