An ongoing shooting attack was underway at several sites Monday evening in central Vienna, including in the area of a synagogue and the offices of the Jewish community, killing at least eight people, Austrian media reported, prompting a large-scale police operation.
Austrian Interior Minister Karl Nehammer confirmed the incidents seemed to be a terror attack with multiple perpetrators.
The Kurier newspaper wrote that at least one of the fatalities was a police officer. It added there were four people seriously injured in the series of attacks.
There were multiple gunmen, some of them still at large, according to messages sent to members of the local Jewish community.
Austrian news agency APA quoted the country’s Interior Ministry as saying that one attacker has been killed and at least one other could be on the run. Reports later indicated that at least four perpetrators had been rounded up by police and arrested.
Unconfirmed reports said there was a hostage situation at Hilton Hotel in the city’s seventh district.
In addition, reports said there had been an explosion, with one of the assailants possibly blowing himself up.
Videos circulating on social media showed multiple attackers firing shots, and assailants and cops shouting, as frightened residents looked on from their windows.
One video apparently featured a gunman yelling “Allahu akbar” (“God is greatest” in Arabic).