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PM Modi tweets support to Austria after Vienna terror attacks

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday condemned the terror attacks in Vienna on Monday in which three people were killed and at least 14 injured. Modi tweeted that he was shocked and saddened by the attacks in Austria’s capital city. He said India stands with Austria in this tragic time. He expressed his condolences to the victims and their families.

Gunmen attacked multiple locations in Vienna on Monday, starting outside the Stadttempel synagogue which is in the centre of the city. Vienna Police said one attacker was shot dead and another is still on the run. The Austrian Government has called it a repulsive terror attack.

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said the attackers were very well-equipped with automatic weapons and were trained professionally. Some reports said the deceased gunman was an Islamic State supporter.

Czech police are carrying out random checks of vehicles and passengers on border crossings with Austria as a preventive measure following the attack.

Austrian Interior Minister Karl Nehammer said it is a very hard day for Austria since it had not experienced such attacks in many years. He said the interior ministry has reinforced border checks and children are not required to attend school on Tuesday. Nehammer urged the people of Austria to stay at home.

Vienna mayor Michael Ludwig said the city would run normally on Tuesday. However, there will be tougher police presence on the city’s streets, he added.

President Emmanuel Macron of France, which experienced two serious attacks in recent weeks, tweeted that the French share the shock and sorrow of the Austrian people.

After France, Macron said Austria is a friendly nation that has been attacked, referring to the killing on Thursday of three people by an attacker in Nice and the beheading of a schoolteacher by a suspected Islamist outside Paris.

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