The United Kingdom has raised the terror threat level to ‘severe’ interior minister Priti Patel said on Tuesday, following a deadly jihadist attack in Vienna killed at least two, Reuters reported.
The alert could be a high tipping point to a terrorist attack impending in the nation, as far the government’s clarification denotes, and it comes after France and Austria became recent targets of radical Islamism.
“This is a precautionary measure and is not based on any specific threat,” Patel said on Twitter, withing making any reference to the recent Vienna killing.
“The British public should be in no doubt that we will take the strongest possible action to protect our national security.”
Six shooters, dispersed in different locations of the Austrian capital lodged gunfire on the open crowd, at a time when the city was preparing for a succeeding curfew the same day, to stem the spread of COVID-19.
Following the attack, at least 15 people were reportedly admitted to the hospital, critically injured, and four people were reported killed in the gunfire rampage.
Hours after Austria enacted a high-level search for the attackers who were on the run, 1 was neutralized, and two were detained. One of them was killed.
The killed attacker turned out to be born and bought up in Vienna, the editor of a local newspaper told on Twitter, without citing any source of the information.
The 20-years-old had ‘Albanian roots’ and his parents hailed from North Macedonia and police initially thought he was incapable of attacking Vienna, Florian Klenk of Falter newspaper said.
It turned the attacker named Kurtin S. was convicted last year while he was on his way to Syria to join ISIS in December, and was reportedly released from the jail earlier than his original 22-months conviction.
“Our enemies are not the members of a religious community, these are terrorists,” Austria’s chancellor, Sebastian Kurz said, condemning the attacks as ‘clod blooded.’
“This is not a fight between Christians and Muslims, or Austrians and migrants, but a fight between civilization and barbarity,” he said.