Austria ‘foil potential TERROR ATTACK’ as suspect ‘from migrant background’ is arrested
A POTENTIAL terror attack in a European city was avoided “just in time”, as a suspect from a “migrant background” was taken into police custody, government officials have confirmed.
Express, By Aletha Adu
PUBLISHED: 05:22, Sat, Jan 21, 2017
Austrian Police urge public to be on the lookout.
Austria’s anti-terrorist unit, Cobra, arrested the suspect in a Vienna apartment yesterday afternoon, on suspicion of planning a terrorist attack.
Wolfgang Sobotka, Austria’s Interior Minister told reporters that the 18-year-old suspect who was “an Austrian citizen” from a “minority background”, was arrested after the police unit received “decisive leads from foreign intelligence services”.
Mr Sobotka said in the press conference: “Our police forces managed just in time to arrest a suspect and thus prevent a potential terror attack in the federal capital Vienna.
“An Austrian citizen with a migration background who is 18 years old.”
Earlier, police said the teenager had been under surveillance for the past few days and there have been “indications” of a potential terrorist attack in Vienna.
Konrad Kohler, the Director-General for public security said: “A large number of investigations are underway. We undertake these steps to determine how many people were involved.
Minister Sobotka speaking at the press conference.
“Today’s case shows once again that Austria is no blessed isle. That Austria, like Europe, has to expect terror situations.”
Europe has been forced to endure a mass of terrorist attacks over the last few months, and a great deal of them involved the use of vehicles, as recommended in an ISIS magazine “Rumiyah”.
The Austrian city of Vienna has been spared of terror attacks.
Although Austria was spared in the string of attacks, reports suggest some of the attackers behind the November 2015 deadly attacks in Paris had come through Austria with false papers among the flow of migrants.
During the Christmas and New Year period, prosecutors said a Moroccan asylum-seeker was detained in Austria for allegedly planning an attack in Salzburg.
The Austrian minister added: “Today’s case shows once again that Austria is no blessed isle. That Austria, like Europe, has to expect terror situations.”