On Tuesday, PM Modi strongly condemned the terror attack in Vienna, expressed grief and said India is always standing with Austria and assures full support to overcome this tragedy.
Prime Minister Modi said that he is deeply shocked and saddened by the gruesome terror attacks that happened in Vienna. He added that India will be always standing in support of Austria during this tragic time. PM Modi said that his thoughts are with the victims and with their families within these tough times.
Hours before the start of a fresh lockdown, to control the COVID-19 Pandemic, five civilians and a gunman were killed in a shooting in the center of Vienna. Seventeen people also got wounded in the shooting, Austrian authorities stated. The killed terrorist was a twenty-year-old Austrian-North Macedonian, holding dual nationality. The attacker had previous records of terror conviction, said the Austrian authorities. When people were enjoying their last night in restaurants and bars before a start of new lockdown, the attack took place.
Similar terror attacks also broke out in France in which several people lost their lives. A French school teacher showed the caricatures of Prophet Mohammed to his class which was published in French magazine Charlie Hebdo. After which, the teacher was beheaded by one of his student on 16th October, which triggered several terror attacks further, as per authorities. The President of France, Emmanuel Macron condemned the attacks and vowed to support freedom of speech.
Kujtim Fejzulai, the attacker, was previously sentenced to 22 months in prison as he tried to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State group, in April 2019. Although, under the French juvenile law, he was released early in the month of December, in 2019.
The Government urged the people of Vienna to stay indoors if possible. The Vienna Police is still trying to figure out whether more such attacks are on the run or not. The Government deployed about a thousand police officers in Vienna to ensure safety.