A German art student was among the four people killed in a terror attack in Vienna last week. The student, whose family has asked that she remain unnamed, was fatally shot at the Salzamt Restaurant, where she worked.
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On November 2, the eve of a second coronavirus lockdown in Austria, a gunman who has been described by Austrian officials as an “Islamist terrorist” killed four people and wounded more than 20 others in a nine-minute shooting and stabbing rampage. The onslaught was halted when police shot the suspect.
A statement from the president of the University of Applied Arts Vienna, Gerald Bast, acknowledged the death of a student during the attack, and added that a second student was seriously injured, but recovering after a successful surgery. “The terrible events of this week will leave deep traces,” the statement said, adding that the school will provide students with access to psychological counseling.
The other three victims who were killed in the attack were a 44-year-old Austrian woman, a 39-year-old Austrian man of Chinese origin, and a 21-year old Austrian Muslim, who was originally from North Macedonia.
In the wake of the terrible incident, some opponents of the current Austrian government are questioning whether it could have done more to prevent the attack. Elsewhere, there is a growing concern among the country’s Islamic community, which has forcefully condemned the shooting, that the attack will further anti-Muslim sentiment.
The Austrian president Alexander Van der Bellen condemned the incident in a speech the following day, saying that he saw it as an attack on life in a liberal democracy, but was confident that Austrians would “protect and defend our values.”
“Hatred can never be as strong as our fellowship in freedom, in democracy, in tolerance and love,” he said.