Austria ignored Slovak warning about Vienna gunman

Austria’s Interior Minister Karl Nehammer admitted on Wednesday that a warning from Slovakia last summer about the gunman who killed four people in central Vienna on Monday was not followed up.

Police in Slovakia warned Austria back in July that the assaulter, Kujtim Fejzulai had tried to buy ammunition for a Kalashnikov AK-47 assault rifle in the country, however his attempt reportedly failed because he had no license. They added that he was released from prison early on probation in December, after being sentenced to 22 months in prison for trying to join jihadists in Syria.

Nehammer acknowledged that intelligence mistakes were made, saying that “Apparently something went wrong in the communication steps that followed,” and announced that the government would launch an inquiry into the the matter.

The gunman, who was armed with an automatic weapon, a pistol and a machete, whilst wearing a fake explosive belt, was born in Austria of parents originating from North Macedonia.

The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for Monday’s attack.


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