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Vienna Terrorist Attack: ‘Islamist terrorism is our common enemy’- Says Chancellor Angela

© Pool via Reuters / Hannibal Hanschke; © Reuters / Lisi Niesner

3 Nov, 2020

The Cahancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel said that Islamist terrorism is a common enemy for both Germany and Austria after a terrorist attack in Vienna, which left at least three civilians dead in a spree of gun violence.

“We, Germans, stand by our Austrian friends in sympathy and solidarity,” Merkel said in a statement on Tuesday.

Islamist terrorism is our common enemy. The fight against these murderers and their instigators is our common fight.

Angela expressed her condolences to the families of the victims and wished survivors a swift recovery. Merkel said her thoughts were with the common people and security forces, who are confronting the terrorist threat.

The gunmen launched an attack in Vienna on Monday evening, firing random shots at people at six different locations in the Austrian capital, while fighting running battles with the police. The attackers killed at least three people – two men and a woman – and seriously injured 15 others, including a police officer.

One of the suspects that was killed by law enforcement was identified as a sympathizer of the terrorist group Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS).

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