Vienna Attack: How Will Terror Acts Affect Europe’s Policies and Relations With Muslim Countries?

On 2 November, a number of gunmen went on a shooting spree in six locations throughout Austria’s capital Vienna, killing five and injuring at least 17 more. International observers have explained the difference between this and last week’s attacks in Nice and discussed the problem of Islamic radicalisation in Europe.

The gruesome attack began near Vienna’s main synagogue, Seitenstettengasse Temple, at around 7pm (GMT) on 2 November, just hours before new coronavirus restrictions took effect in the country. One of the gunmen was shot dead by the police and two were reportedly arrested.

“It was a serious terrorist attack the like of which we have not seen for many years. Four civilians have been killed, one criminal killed, it took nine minutes to neutralise a heavily armed criminal,” said Austrian Interior Minister Karl Nehammer on Tuesday.

The Vienna shooting followed hot on the heels of a stabbing attack in Nice, France, on 29 October.

Vienna Attack Differs from ‘Lone Wolf’ Assaults in France

Though the Vienna assault also has all the hallmarks of an Islamist-inspired terror act, it is not a “lone wolf”-style attack, as were the attacks that took place in france in October, as Ali Rizk, a political analyst specialising in Middle Eastern affairs, emphasises.  

“The terrorist attack in Vienna clearly was a co-ordinated attack as there were crime scenes in six different locations with multiple gunmen participating,” Rizk says. “[It] resembles those which took place in…

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