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Church attacked in Austria, 15 injured, monks taken hostage by “foreign” men

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A group of unidentified assailants attacked a church in the Austrian capital of Vienna on Thursday. Five monks were tied up and assaulted at an Austrian church in Vienna.

Police found the monks tied up, one of them with head injuries, after nearly three hours

Rush to judgement: Police immediately ruled out terror, which means more likely than not……

Austrian church attacked and religious monks taken hostage – Five seriously injured

By: Sputnik, December 27, 2018

A group of unidentified assailants attacked a church in the Austrian capital of Vienna on Thursday, the Kronen Zeitung newspaper reported.

According to the outlet, two gunmen attacked a Catholic church in the afternoon as gunshots were heard.

The EKO Cobra federal police anti-terrorism unit and the SWAT team of the Vienna Riot Squad had arrived at the scene of the incident, the report said.

According to preliminary data, from eight to 15 people have been injured in the attack.

ive monks were assaulted at a Vienna church on Thursday by two people, at least one of whom apparently demanded money and valuables, police said.Police said the assault happened at about 1:30 p.m. (1230 GMT; 7:30 a.m. EST) at a complex in the city’s Floridsdorf district. No church service was underway when the assailants entered the Maria Immaculata church.

Police found the monks tied up, one of them with head injuries, nearly three hours later. They were aged between 56 and 68, and it appeared that the others had tried to intervene after one of the assailants — described as speaking with a foreign accent attacked the oldest monk, the Austria Press Agency reported.

Police wrote on Twitter that, while the precise motive remains unclear, “a possible terror motive can be ruled out” in the incident at the Maria Immaculata church.

Officers were searching for the perpetrators, including in the complex where the incident took place. They said Thursday evening that they had found nothing in the building.

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