Foreign Office warns of possible terror attacks in Vienna

By Harry Kemble
16/03/2023
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The Foreign Office has warned Britons about a possible ‘Islamist-motivated attack’ against churches and other places of worship in the Austrian capital Vienna.

In a travel update, the Foreign Office said: “On 15 March, Vienna Police have reported a non-specific threat of an assault against churches in Vienna and other houses of worship.

“Be vigilant and follow the advice of the local authorities.”

Austrian police tweeted they had increased security in front of specific buildings.

Tweet posted by Austrian police on 15 March

The police department said it could not predict how long the extra security measures would be in place.

Police spokesperson Markus Dittrich told local radio station Radio Wien: “Police officers are equipped with bulletproof helmets and vests and assault rifles.

“They will carry out surveillance activities and also carry out checks on road traffic.”

In Hamburg, Germany, seven people, including an unborn baby, were killed at a Jehovah’s Witness meeting hall last week.

Local police said the gunman acted alone in the attack and was said to have had ‘ill feelings’ towards the religious community, of which he had previously been a member.

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