On Wednesday, Austrian police increased security at a number of important locations in the nation’s capital after its intelligence agency received information suggesting a potential “Islamist” assault.
The police said on Twitter, “Our intelligence services have cause to think that an attack with an Islamist purpose is intended to be carried out in Vienna.
Particularly critical “sites of importance” have, according to Vienna police, “been placed under heightened security by regular & special operation police personnel” as a precaution.
The police subsequently clarified that not just Christian churches “but also places of worship of many confessions” are worried after first warning of a “non-specific threat” of an assault on churches in Vienna that generated great misunderstanding among the general public.
Precautionary measures will be in place “until further notice,” according to the police.
We’ll give a warning right away in the event of impending danger “at a specific place,” the cops stated.
After the first fatal terrorist attack in Austria in 2020, the Alpine country enacted a harshly criticized anti-terror legislation that permits heightened monitoring.
On November 2, 2020, in downtown Vienna, convicted supporter of the Islamic State group Kujtim Fejzulai embarked on a shooting spree that left four people dead and 23 others wounded before being killed by police.
Two accused Fejzulai collaborators were given life sentences by a Vienna court last month, while two others were given sentences of 19 and 20 years.