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2 more arrested in Austria over Vienna terror attack

Prosecutors to ask that suspects be held until trial for their alleged involvement in November shooting rampage by IS supporter that left 4 dead

Armed police officers stand guard before the arrival of Austrian Chancellor Kurz and the president of the European Council to pay respects to the victims of the terrorist attack in Vienna, Austria, November 9, 2020. (Joe Klamar/AFP)
Armed police officers stand guard before the arrival of Austrian Chancellor Kurz and the president of the European Council to pay respects to the victims of the terrorist attack in Vienna, Austria, November 9, 2020. (Joe Klamar/AFP)

VIENNA — Austrian prosecutors said Sunday that another two suspects have been arrested for alleged involvement in the November 2 terrorist attack in Vienna.

The two men — one of whom is a 26-year-old Austrian of Afghan origin — were arrested on Friday, a spokeswoman for the prosecutors’ office told AFP.

She declined to reveal the nationality of the other suspect.

A request would be made later on Sunday for them to be held until trial, the spokeswoman added.

In a video distributed by the Islamic State terror group, Vienna attacker Kujtim Fejzulai pledges allegiance to IS caliph Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurashi, while holding a gun and a long, serrated knife. (Screenshot)

Last month, an Islamic State supporter who had been convicted and imprisoned for trying to join the IS jihadist group in Syria went on a shooting rampage in central Vienna, killing four people, aged between 21 and 44.

The 20-year-old gunman, a dual Austrian-Macedonian national, was shot dead by police.

Eighteen people have since been detained in Austria and Switzerland in connection with the attack and the government also ordered the closure of two mosques in Vienna frequented by the attacker.

Until the deadly shooting, the country of 8.9 million people had in recent decades been spared the shock and mayhem wreaked by major terrorist attacks.

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