The Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday offered his condolences over the terror attacks in Vienna saying he is “shocked and saddened” by the heinous acts in Austria’s capital city. He said that India stands with Austria “in this tragic time.”
“Deeply shocked and saddened by the dastardly terror attacks in Vienna. India stands with Austria in this tragic time. My thoughts are with the victims and their families,” PM Modi tweeted on Tuesday.
Gunmen caused mayhem in six locations in Vienna on Monday starting from outside the city’s main synagogue. The Austrian government has termed it as a “repulsive terror attack.”
While Vienna Police gunned down one of the attackers, Austria’s interior minister Karl Nehammer said at least one perpetrator is still at large.
“It’s the hardest day for Austria in many years. We’re dealing with a terror attack the severity of which, thank God, we’ve not experienced in Austria in many years,” said Nehammer while addressing a news conference.
All schools in the city have been declared closed as a precautionary measure said the interior ministry. Security and checks in the borders have been beefed up. Although people are advised to stay home, the city will run normally on Tuesday with heavy police deployment across the city.
A nationwide curfew was to come into effect due to the Covid-19 pandemic, across Austria from the next day when Monday’s attack took place.
The attack took place close on the heels of stabbing incidents in France– in the capital Paris and Nice. In a statement, French President Emmanuel Macron, who has been the subject of outrage of several Muslim-majority countries in recent days, said, “This is our Europe. Our enemies must know with whom they are dealing. We will not retreat.”