Vienna shooting LIVE – Massive manhunt after ISIS 'Instagram' terrorists kill 4 in gun rampage near Austrian synagogue

A HUGE 1,000-PERSON manhunt is underway to find several "armed and dangerous" ISIS gunmen after a massacre near a synagogue in Vienna.

Austria's public broadcaster, ORF, cited witnesses saying several shots were fired shortly after 8pm (7pm GMT) in the centre of the 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. Several perpetrators are said to be at large and on the run, according to the Austrian Interior Ministrty.

A gunman named as Kurtin S armed with an assault rifle and wearing a fake bomb vest was shot dead following the rampage.

Prior to the massacre Kurtin S announced his attack on Instagram and pledged allegiance to ISIS. He is understood to be a 20-year-old dual citizen of Austria and North Macedonia who'd previously been jailed for trying to travel to Syria.

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  • Claudia Aoraha

    CHANCELLOR LIGHTS A CANDLE

    Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz places a candle at a crime scene as he pays his respects to the victims of the shooting on November 3, 2020, one day after the shooting at multiple locations across central Vienna.

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    PICTURED: THE TERRORIST SHOT DEAD

    A terrorist shot dead in Vienna after opening fire on drinkers near a synagogue had announced his attack on Instagram and pledged allegiance to ISIS.

    The gunman – named as Kurtin S – is understood to be a 20-year-old dual citizen of Austrian and North Macedonian who had previously been jailed for trying to travel to Syria.

    The Austrian government confirmed that the suspected Vienna attacker had previously been sentenced to 22 months in prison in April 2019.

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    PAY TRIBUTES

    A wreath is carried to the the scene in Vienna, Austria, this morning.

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    HEROES IN VIENNA

    Amid the violence there was also heroes – with MMA fighters Recep Tayyip Gultekin and Mikail Ozer stepping in to help an injured cop and an elderly woman.

    The pair ran in the direction of danger after hearing shots and saw the gunman.

    Recep tried to carry an injured woman to safety and ended up getting shot – but initially didn't got to hospital as he “didn't want to be a burden”.

    He told Turkish news channel Ahaber: “When I turned around, the terrorist took cover at me, we came eye to eye while shooting, and the moment I met that eye, there was no fear or doubt in me. 

    “There, with the reflex given to me by my brain, I rolled on the ground and ran, zigzag running and ran downstairs and went to the police building and told about what happened.”

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    BLOODSHED ACROSS EUROPE

    Officers put up road blocks checking all cars and taxis to leaving the city, and security was beefed up at other Jewish sites.

    The murders followed outrage at cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed published by satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, which has seen a spate of bloodshed in Europe.

    Bild reports one of the jihadis sent a video of the attack on the magazine's offices in 2015 to one of his accomplices.

    He also posed on Instagram with an assault rifle, pistol and machete.

    It comes after ISIS called on  jihadis to “spill the blood of Crusaders” in “revenge” for the cartoons of Mohammed.

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    VIENNA SHOOTING: WHAT HAPPENED

    Gunfire erupted just after 8pm local time on Monday – when the city centre was bustling on the last night pubs and cafes were open before a new Covid lockdown starting at midnight.

    Disturbing video emerged online apparently showing the moment the first victim was gunned down at random close to the Stadttempel synagogue.

    A gunman in light clothing is seen marauding up the cobbled street carrying a long firearm before unleashing a hail of bullets at the young man, who is pinned to a shop window in fear.

    The killer jogs past him as he collapses to the ground – then callously turns back and shoots him again with a pistol.

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    KIDS OFF SCHOOL FOLLOWING VIENNA SHOOTING

    People in Vienna were urged to stay at home if possible on Tuesday and children did not have to go to school.

    Austria's chancellor condemned it as a “hideous terrorist attack” as officials ordered residents to stay indoors.

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    SEVEN VICTIMS IN CRITICAL CONDITION

    Austrian news agency APA reports a number of arrests have been made in connection to the rampage.

    Four civilians – two women and two men – were killed in the violence, and one police officer was critically injured in a shootout with the terrorists.

    Seven victims of the attack in Vienna are in a critical, life-threatening condition.

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    DEAD GUNMAN NAMED BY LOCAL MEDIA

    The dead gunman was named as Kurtin S, according to the editor of the weekly Falter newspaper Florian Klenk, a 20-year-old who was known to domestic intelligence.

    He was flagged to security services as one of 90 Austrian Islamists who wanted to travel to Syria, but police thought he was not capable of planning an attack in Vienna.

    “We experienced an attack yesterday evening from at least one Islamist terrorist,” Mr Nehammer said.

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    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.

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    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.

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    IN PICTURES: POLICE GUARD THE VIENNA STATE OPERA

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    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).

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    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”.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.”

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    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.”

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    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.”

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    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.”

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    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. 

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    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.”

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