Kujtim was sentenced to 22 months in jail on April 25, 2019 for making an attempt to journey to Syria to hitch ISIS, Inside Minister Karl Nehammer informed state information company APA. On December 5, he was launched early on parole, the company reported.
Lawyer Nikolaus Rast, who represented Kujtim in 2019, informed MeSlop that he had appeared “quiet, somewhat introvert” on the time.
“I final noticed him greater than a yr in the past. And after I acquired to know him again then, I would say he was a misplaced soul, who seemed that he was searching for his place,” Rast stated.
“Nobody would have thought him capable of one thing like this, to not point out suspecting it, in any other case one thing would have been accomplished a lot earlier, as a result of in precept we now have a comparatively well-functioning system in place in Austria.”
An announcement Wednesday from Austria’s deradicalization affiliation, DERAD, stated Kujtim would have been launched from jail in July 2020 even when he hadn’t been launched on probation and ordered to take part in its program.
Kujtim was sporting a pretend explosive belt on the time of the assault, based on Nehammer, and had been “radicalized.”
Police arrested two males Tuesday from Kujtim’s hometown, Austrian public broadcaster ORF reported, as they search to determine whether or not he was half of a broader community.
The 2 males are aged between 20 and 25 years previous and reside with kin, ORF stated. One of the 2 has North Macedonian roots, and the opposite Chechen, the broadcaster stated.
Each are stated to have had contact with the Vienna attacker up to now, based on ORF.
Police in Switzerland arrested two Swiss residents in reference to the assault on Tuesday night time, however their hyperlinks to Kujtim weren’t confirmed.
Nehammer informed a information convention earlier Tuesday that 14 suspects had been provisionally arrested following 18 home searches in Vienna and Niederoesterreich.
There are not any indications of a second perpetrator in the meanwhile, the inside minister stated.
Folks returned to the streets of central Vienna on Wednesday, though coronavirus pandemic restrictions imply many are working from residence. Authorities had suggested residents to remain at residence on Tuesday amid fears that additional perpetrators is likely to be on the unfastened.
Some left flowers and lit candles at makeshift memorials to the victims within the streets the place the bloody assault occurred. Giant numbers of police and navy have been stationed within the space Wednesday however the temper appeared calm and plenty of retailers had reopened.
Kurz stated there was one gunman and “most likely he was alone.” Authorities had beforehand feared that the perpetrator did not act alone and that one other gunman is likely to be at giant.
Kurz confirmed the gunman was born in Austria and had a household background from Northern Macedonia. “What we all know is that he’s a supporter of the Islamic State,” he stated.
ISIS claimed accountability for the assault on Tuesday, calling the shooter “Abu Dujana Al-Albany” and claiming that he used two weapons, together with one machine gun, and a knife, within the assault, based on an announcement posted on the encrypted messaging app Telegram.
Palestinian ‘helped save policeman’
The preliminary assault, which started round eight p.m. Monday, was centered on the busy purchasing and eating district close to Vienna’s most important synagogue, Seitenstettengasse Temple, which was closed.
The 5 different areas have been recognized as Salzgries, Fleischmarkt, Bauernmarkt, Graben and Morzinplatz close to the Temple, based on an Austrian regulation enforcement supply chatting with journalists on Tuesday.
Vienna mayor Michael Ludwig stated pictures gave the impression to be fired at random, as folks dined and drank outdoors as a result of heat climate and virus considerations.
Following studies of gunshots, armed police shortly swarmed the world, with helicopters and ambulances deployed. Police could possibly be seen patrolling the town middle, ordering folks to remain inside bars and eating places.
A Palestinian man, Osama Abu El Hosna, helped rescue a police officer who was injured in the course of the operation, his lawyer informed MeSlop. “He may have run away, however he stayed, and he dragged the policeman behind a cement barrier in order that he isn’t within the line of hearth any extra,” lawyer Muna Duzdar stated.
“The paramedics did not dare to pull him out and to get proper into the barrage of gunfire, in order that’s when he ran again to get the officer out of there, after which the 2 guys from Turkey helped as a result of he could not have accomplished it by himself,” she added. “Collectively, they dragged him to the ambulance.”
Reuters and Turkish information company Anadolu reported Tuesday how two Austrian blended martial arts (MMA) fighters of Turkish descent had helped save a police officer and two girls in the course of the assault.
Like many European international locations, Austria skilled a surge in younger radicalized Muslims making an attempt to hitch ISIS in Syria between 2014 and 2017, earlier than the terrorists’ self-declared caliphate collapsed.
The UK raised its terror menace stage from substantial to extreme on Tuesday, a day after the assault in Vienna.
“It is a precautionary measure and isn’t primarily based on any particular menace. The general public ought to proceed to stay vigilant and report any suspicious exercise to the police,” UK House Secretary Priti Patel stated in a tweet.
Journalist Denise Hruby and MeSlop’s Frederick Pleitgen reported from Vienna, whereas Laura Smith-Spark wrote from London. MeSlop’s Sara Mazloumsaki, Nina Avramova, Frederik Pleitgen, Luke McGee and Sharon Braithwaite contributed to this report.