UPDATED: Four people were seriously injured in two knife attacks in one district of the Austrian capital Vienna on Wednesday evening (March 7), but any motive or connection between the assaults was unclear, a police spokesman said.
The stabbings – the first of which took place at 7.45pm (2.45am on Thursday, Singapore time), occurred in Vienna’s Second District, which includes the famous Prater park as well as the Praterstern transport hub.
It also houses much of Vienna’s small Jewish community.
“A man attacked a family – a father, a mother and their 17-year-old daughter – with a knife. The three people were seriously injured and their lives are in danger,” the spokesman said.
“And half an hour later there was another attack … at Praterstern and here a person was also seriously injured and their life is in danger. We do not know to what extent there is a connection here and any motive remains unclear,” he said.
Asked what was known about an assailant, he added: “Absolutely nothing. We know we are looking for a man.”Vienna has not experienced deadly attacks by Islamist militant like the ones that have struck Paris, Berlin and Brussels since 2015.
The attacker indiscriminately stabbed at passers-by with a knife on Wednesday evening. There are three seriously injured people – an Austrian family – a mom, dad and daughter – who were attacked outside a restaurant. This is a heavily Jewish area.
The attacker “randomly attacked pedestrians”.
A major manhunt is now underway along the long stretch of road in Vienna’s Leopoldstadt district where the attacks took place.
Several people are reportedly injured after the knife rampage in Vienna, Austria.
Family Stabbed in Vienna Knife Attack, Police Say
Time magainze, March 7, 2018:
(VIENNA) — Austrian police said at least three people were injured in a knife attack Wednesday on the streets of Vienna, with the attacker possibly injuring a fourth nearby.
Vienna police said the attack happened at about 7:45 p.m. on Praterstrasse in the heart of Vienna.
“According to eyewitnesses a man has attacked three persons — a man, his wife and their adult daughter,” police spokesman Patrick Maierhofer told The Associated Press. “The three persons suffered heavy to life-threatening injuries and are currently in a hospital.”
A fourth person was attacked with a knife nearby shortly afterward, police said: “A link (between the attacks) is part of ongoing investigations.”
Witness Silvia Franke said she was about 100 meters (330 feet) away when the incident happened.
“I saw how someone in the middle of the street was screaming and shouting — I thought he was beating his dog judging from his hand movements,” she said. “And in reality he was stabbing this man.”
“He could have stabbed me as well had I been there by chance,” Franke said. “He had lost all control.”
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