Slovak intelligence instructed their Austrian counterparts in July that the person who fatally shot 4 individuals in a terror assault in Vienna this week had tried to purchase ammunition there and errors had been apparently made in coping with that data, Austrian authorities conceded Wednesday.

The suspect, recognized as a 20-year-old man, had a earlier conviction for making an attempt to affix the Islamic State (ISIS) group in Syria and had been given early launch in December.

Along with killing the 2 males and two ladies, the attacker additionally wounded greater than 20 individuals over 9 minutes earlier than being killed by police on Monday evening. Bars and cafés had been crowded with individuals having fun with heat climate and a final night out earlier than the institutions had been on account of shut underneath new coronavirus restrictions.

The attacker was armed with an automated rifle, a handgun and a machete, and wore a faux explosives vest.

A full evaluation of copious video proof has confirmed that he was a lone assailant, Inside Minister Karl Nehammer stated.

Austrian officers say that the suspect, a twin citizen of Austria and North Macedonia, hoodwinked the justice system’s deradicalization program after his launch. And Nehammer stated Wednesday that different issues appeared to have gone improper.

Austrian intelligence knowledgeable of suspect’s actions

Slovak intelligence knowledgeable Austria that the person was making an attempt to purchase ammunition, and “one thing apparently went improper with the communication within the subsequent steps,” Nehammer stated. He added that he would suggest that an impartial panel to be set as much as look at “the place issues occurred that should not have occurred.”

In neighbouring Slovakia, police stated they obtained data throughout the summer season about “suspected individuals from Austria” making an attempt to purchase ammunition.

“They did not make the acquisition,” they stated. “We instantly despatched the data to our Austrian colleagues.”

Austrian public safety director Franz Ruf stated Austrian intelligence officers obtained the data and requested questions of their Slovak counterparts but it surely’s unclear “whether or not the method went optimally.”

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Fourteen individuals related to the attacker had been detained Tuesday for questioning. Nehammer stated their ages vary from 18 to 28 and all have immigrant roots. Some do not have Austrian citizenship.

Police within the Swiss metropolis of Winterthur stated Tuesday two males had been arrested there. Swiss every day St. Galler Tagblatt reported that Swiss Justice Minister Karin Keller-Sutter described them as “colleagues” of the attacker.

Ruf stated Austrian authorities are in shut contact with their Swiss counterparts.

Attacker wished to affix ISIS

The assailant, recognized as Kujtim Fejzulai, attended faculty in Vienna for years and till just lately lived together with his mother and father within the metropolis, Ruf stated.

In August 2018, he tried to journey to Afghanistan to aim to affix ISIS, however was turned again as a result of he had no visa. In September of the identical 12 months, he travelled to Turkey in hopes of attending to Syria to affix the extremist group, however was detained and held for months by Turkey earlier than being returned to Austria in January 2019, the place he was arrested on the airport.

ISIS claimed credit score for the Vienna assault. The declare of duty was printed via the militant group’s media arm, Aamaq. It did not elaborate on the attacker’s ties to ISIS and had related wording to previous, opportunistic claims by the group.


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