Several “heavily armed and dangerous” attackers still on the loose as police shut down and sealed off parts of central Vienna in manhunt.
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Two separate reports, one by the Kurier, and the other by the DiePresse, are reporting seven fatalities, including one police officer.
Jewish community leader Oskar Deutsch said on Twitter that it was not clear whether the Vienna synagogue and adjoining offices had been the target of an attack, and said they were closed at the time.
According to Rabbi Jacob Biderman, director of Chabad-Lubavitch of Austria, all of the city’s synagogues have been accounted for with no known injuries or loss of life in the Jewish community.
“While there is much about this attack that we do not yet know, we are thankful that the Jewish community seems to have been spared from harm and extend our prayers for all those injured,” Rabbi Biderman told Chabad.org.
President Emmanuel Macron of France, which has seen two deadly knife attacks in Paris and Nice in recent weeks, issued a statement expressing shock and sorrow.
Dr. Shimon Samuels, Director for International Relations of the Simon Wiesenthal Centre denounced also the attack, saying that “the Centre regards Vienna as the home-base of its mentor, Simon Wiesenthal, who was there targeted several times including a bombing… We stand in solidarity with the families of the civilian victims and police casualties, wth the Viennese Jewish community and with the current Austrian government as a true friend of Israel… We also commend the police force for their rapid response.”