- "This is our Europe. Our enemies must know who they are dealing with. We will not give up anything."
- A series of terrorist attacks on Monday in Vienna, left at least four people dead and scores injured.
- France has been a victim of several terrorist attacks by radical Islamists in recent days.
The president of France, Emmanuel Macron, joined world leaders in offering his condolences to Austria, following a terrorist attack in the capital, Vienna. Four people were killed in the attacks. France, on its part, has been rocked by a series of terrorist attacks in recent days.
President Macron, in a message of solidarity with the Austrian people after the attacks in the center of Vienna, has reiterated that France and Europe in general will not to give in to terrorism. He said:
”We, the French, share the shock and the grief of the Austrian people struck this evening by an attack in the heart of their capital, Vienna. After France, it is a friendly country that is attacked. This is our Europe. Our enemies must know who they are dealing with. We will not give up anything.”
A series of terrorist attacks on Monday in Vienna, left at least four people dead and scores injured. The attack took place as people savored their last absolute freedoms, hours before an impending coronavirus lockdown in the country.
“It is the hardest day for Austria in many years. We are dealing with a terror attack the severity of which, thank God, we have not experienced in Austria in many years,” said Interior Minister Karl Nehammer in regard to the attack at a press conference in the early hours of Tuesday.
One of the terrorists was killed by the security forces. Nehammer asked the inhabitants of Vienna not to go out on the streets and advised that children shouldn’t report to school the following day.
“Please stay at home if possible” during the police operation and “avoid the inner city,” he asked. Children should stay at home, not go to school on Tuesday, said Nehammer.
During the address, he also confirmed that one of the attackers was killed by the police and that at least one other fled. The authorities have warned that the fled attacker is heavily armed and dangerous.
Meanwhile, for the better part of Tuesday, a huge deployment of the security forces thoroughly searched the center of Vienna for the escapee. The deployment was comprised of commandos of the special forces, antiterrorist agents, as well as hundreds of common policemen with some employing the use of helicopters.
The operation also includes the control of the Austrian borders and the special forces of the Army, the Jagdkommando, have also been involved in the operation and have taken over the surveillance of public buildings in Vienna to free the police officers stationed there.
Attacks in France
France has been a victim of several terrorist attacks by radical Islamists in recent days. They include the murder of three people next to a church in Nice last Thursday, and the brutal beheading of a history professor who had shown some caricatures of Muhammad days before in class.
Following the professor’s murder, President Macron publicly defended France’s willingness to continue supporting the publication of cartoons as a symbol of freedom of expression. This subsequently sparked a wave of protests against him in Muslim-majority countries, as well as boycotts of French products.