Random Border Checks Introduced Along Austrian Border Following Vienna Shooting

Synagogues and Jewish buildings around the nation have heightened security in the wake of a shooting Monday evening at a Vienna synagogue.

Czech police said they are carrying out checks on passengers and vehicles crossing between the two countries as a preventative measure.

“Police are carrying out random checks of vehicles and passengers on border crossings with Austria as a preventive measure in relation to the terror attack in Vienna,” Czech police tweeted.

Czech Interior Minister Jan Hamacek said in a tweet Czech police were also in touch with Austrian colleagues following the “dreadful news from Vienna”.

Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis tweeted his condolences over the attack near the Stadttempel synagogue.

“I am horrified by the attack on the Vienna synagogue and I want to express my solidarity to all people in Austria and my friend (Austrian Chancellor) Sebastian Kurz,” Babis tweeted.

“The embassy in Vienna is finding out information and verifying whether the attack did affect Czech citizens,” wrote Foreign Minister Tomáš Petříček (ČSSD).

Multiple gunmen opened fire in central Vienna on Monday night, killing at least four people, including a police officer, government officials said. They said that one attacker had been killed.

At least 17 people were wounded in the attack and were being treated in hospitals, according to the spokesman for the local hospital association. At least seven of the injuries were serious, according to Vienna’s mayor.

The attack began at about 8pm on Monday when several suspects armed with rifles started opening fire in Seitenstettengasse, police said. Shots were fired in “six different locations”, it added.



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