The Jewish community of Austria made a decision to close all synagogues in the country after the terrorist acts in Vienna. Besides, all Jewish establishments are closed in the city as Der Standard reported citing Israelitische Kultusgemeinde Spokesperson Erich Nuler.
It is noted that this decision concerns synagogues, kosher nosh restaurants, Jewish supermarkets, schools and cultural centers.
According to Erich Nuler, the security measures were enhanced in the Jewish establishments all over the country and the members of the community were urged to stay at home.
Nuler stated it is unclear whether the attack in Vienna aimed against the Jewish community or not.
However, he noted that he is in close contact with the security bodies.
On November 2, in the Austrian capital Vienna, at Seitenstettengasse, in downtown, about 08:00 p.m., at local time, the terrorist attack on the synagogue was committed – the explosion occurred and the shooting between the criminals and police officers took place. During the incident, two people died – a passer-by and a police officer. According to the local mass media, seven affected are severely injured, including a police officer.
The Austrian authorities confirmed the death of five people, including the suspect in the attack shot by the law enforcer.
Law enforcers continue searching for other criminals. Chancellor of Austria Sebastian Kurz considered the attack as a terrorist act.
After the attack on the synagogue in Vienna, President of France Emmanuel Macron, President of the European Council Charles Michel, President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen and Spokesperson of the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova expressed their condolences on Austria.
Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky also assured Austria in support from the side of Ukraine at this difficult time.