Wednesday 23 January 2019

Afghan suspect detained by Austrian police after Vienna knife attack

Four people – three members of an Austrian family and another Afghan man – were seriously injured.

Austria Knife Attack
Austria Knife Attack

By Associated Press Reporters

An Afghan man has been detained in connection with knife attacks in Vienna in which four people were seriously injured, Austrian police have said.

The 23-year-old was detained shortly after the stabbing of a 20-year-old man, also from Afghanistan, on Wednesday night, police spokesman Patrick Maierhofer told the Associated Press.

Austria Knife Attack

Mr Maierhofer said police are still investigating whether the suspect is also responsible for the stabbing of an Austrian family about an hour earlier, also in the heart of the Austria capital.

All three family members – a 67-year-old man, a 56-year-old woman and their 17-year-old daughter – as well as the 20-year-old Afghan victim suffered life-threatening injuries and were taken to hospital.

Austria Knife Attack

Mr Maierhofer said the attack did not appear to be terror-related, but it was too early to say anything about the assailant’s motive.

“We are still investigating and cannot say what motivated him,” said the officer.

“We cannot even say, at this point, if the detained suspect attacked all four persons or if a second suspect was involved who is still on the run.”

Local Austrian media reported on Thursday that police had increased their presence in central Vienna.

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