Cell phone footage of a suspected terrorist attack originally reported to be taking place near Vienna’s main synagogue shows a massive police response and officers exchanging fire with one or multiple gunmen.
In one video, filmed from above, a man dressed in white with a black balaclava can be seen going down a cobblestone-lined street and firing off several shots. Someone yells out a profanity in English, and the video ends with what sounds like a loud explosion.
Video shows one of the multiple #Vienna terrorists who have now killed at least 7. pic.twitter.com/qpTa2sBLzh
In another video, a woman filming through the window of what appears to be a McDonald’s captures an exchange of gunfire and a figure dressed in black – presumably a police officer – falling down. A streetcar passes by in the background.
— Video shared by Austrian Netizens show a heavy exchange of gunfire between Terrorists and Austrian Security Forces in the Jewish Area of Wien/Vienna. pic.twitter.com/M9NMlZYPcI
There were several other videos from the same area, from different vantage points, showing security forces taking cover behind a building as they exchanged fire with the suspected terrorist.
Dozens of police cars and vans were later filmed blocking the boulevard in question. Meanwhile, heavily armed patrols combed the neighborhood with searchlights.
Aparentemente un atentado de musulmanes en una Sinagoga en Viena.Hablan de un hombre con explosivos. Rumores aún. #Wien#Viennapic.twitter.com/lrwrC8dCJ3
The Vienna synagogue and the adjacent offices were closed at the time the gunman opened fire outside, the head of Austria’s Jewish community said.
Local media initially reported that at least one person has been killed, but reports of several victims have since appeared.
The incident comes just days after Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said his government would fight against “political Islam.” Kurz made the comments after a group of 30-50 Turkish teenagers rampaged through the Catholic Church of St. Anton von Padua, shouting “Allahu akbar.”
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