Two more arrests in Austria over Vienna terror attack

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 says, declining to reveal the nationality of the other suspect.

A request will be made later today for them to be held until trial, the spokeswoman adds.

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

A woman knees in the Seitenstettengasse in front of the synagogue, where candles and flowers commemorate the victims of the terrorist attack at one of the crime scenes, in the center of Vienna, Austria, on November 8, 2020 (HERBERT PFARRHOFER / APA / AFP) / Austria OUT

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.