Vienna Terrorist Reportedly Posted Picture With Gun, Machete on Instagram Prior to Attack

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A 20-year-old named Kujtim Fejzulai with Albanian roots was confirmed by authorities to be one of the instigators of the Monday attacks in the Austrian capital which killed four people and injured at least 22.

Kujtim Fejzulai, a suspected Vienna gunman, reportedly posted a picture with a weapons arsenal on social media prior to the deadly Monday evening attacks.

In a posted to Instagram, Fejzulai posed holding an AK-47 and a machete while pledging allegiance to the Daesh* terrorist group and its newly announced leader, the Mirror newspaper reported.

An alleged picture of Fejzulai was reposted on Twitter.

The Austrian Interior Ministry confirmed on Tuesday that Fejzulai, who holds dual citizenship in North Macedonia and Austria, has a criminal record for terrorism. He was sentenced to almost two years in prison in April 2019 for attempting to join Daesh in Syria, but was released just 8 months later.

While Fejzulai’s identity was known to Austrian intelligence, they did not perceive him as a threat as he reportedly took a “deradicalisation” programme while in prison.

So far, three persons are believed to be Vienna attack suspects, including Fejzulai, who was shot by police on the day of the rampage, and two others of North Macedonian citizenship. Other suspects, according to Austrian media, are natives of Kosovo, Russia’s Chechnya, and Bangladesh.

On Monday evening, the Austrian capital was subject to a…

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