By BI: At least three people are reported dead and another 34 injured. The incident took place in Graz, Austria’s second largest city, and police officers have now sealed off the area. German-language website Krone reported that the man arrested by police is of Bosnian origin. (SEE UPDATE BELOW)
UK Daily Mail The driver did not resist when he was arrested by the police – who say he acted alone – and they have no reason to believe it was an act of terrorism.
Eyewitnesses say the driver rammed into crowds at up to 90mph before he got out and began randomly stabbing bystanders, which included the elderly and policemen. “People were screaming in panic and ran into the shops to get to safety,” according to an eyewitness. A seven-year-old boy and a woman are thought to be among those killed in the onslaught on the main shopping street of Herrengasse.
A local resident told Sky News that her friend saw people flying through the air, adding: ‘Apparently he was attacking elderly people with a knife.’
The governor of the state has described the driver as a ‘deranged lone assassin’ and the police say the man, who is believed to be a 26-year-old Austrian (Bosnian roots), was distressed over ‘family problems’.
He killed two people while speeding towards the main square where he ploughed into an outdoor dining table full of people, a spokesperson for the regional police said during a press conference today.
The busy square was hosting an event relating to the Austrian Formula One Grand Prix which is being held nearby, in the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, in Steiermark.
Dr Sea Rotmann says her friend told her how the driver was ‘doing between 100km-an-hour and 150km-an-hour’ on the busy road. A waitress at the Pronto restaurant on the main square told the Kleinezeitung website she heard screaming before she even saw the driver.
Simone Zucca added: ‘He raced through the front of the restaurant without braking… He then caught a boy who was thrown against the wall.’ Another eyewitness told the BBC he saw bodies lying on the ground ‘covered in blood’.
About 60 ambulances converged on the scene and the Austrian auto club sent four helicopters to bring the victims to hospitals. The city council released a statement which read: ‘At 12pm there was an appalling incident in the centre of Graz, which has caused major alarm and left the city deeply shaken.’
Provincial Governor Hermann Schuetzenhoefer said at least one of his injured victims is in a critical condition. He added: ‘We are shocked and dismayed… there is no explanation and no excuse for this attack. (Yes, there was if he’s a muslim)
‘We have much to do to ensure cohesion in our community, which has clearly become difficult for many people.’ (Who in Europe is destroying cohesion in a community lately? Hmmmm)
The incident took place in Graz, Austria’s second largest city, and police officers have now sealed off the area.
Police chiefs told the Austrian Kleine Zeitung newspaper that the suspect got out of the SUV and started stabbing people with a knife. Austria’s APA news agency said two bodies were lying near the scene, covered with blankets.
UPDATE: BOSNIAN MUSLIM man, Alen Rizvanović, who ran down and killed several people in Austria yesterday, allegedly was a fan of violent jihad and terrorism supporters.
Frontpage When Alen Rizvanović plowed into a crowd in an SUV and then got out and began stabbing people with a large knife, the local media and authorities in Austria insisted that the Bosnian Muslim refugee was A: Mentally ill or B. Reacting to a failing marriage. C. Operating under completely inexplicable motives
The authorities have been quick to rule out terrorism and an Islamic connection, but they may have spoken too soon. Of course we don’t know at this stage know Alen Rizvanović’s motives, but his actions were very similar to Muslim terror attacks carried out in Israel, which also involved running people over and then getting out and stabbing them.
A Facebook account registered to a man of the same name also living in Austria suggests that the killer was a devout Muslim. His favorite book appear to be Islamic texts. They include entries like Light of the Koran and the Hadiths of Mohammed.
More troublingly his likes include this Facebook page which promote Islamists like Mohamad al-Arefe who has been linked to Jihadists.
A notorious Saudi cleric preached at a mosque accused of radicalising three young Britons fighting in Syria.
Although banned from entering Switzerland because of his extremist views, al-Arifi has visited the UK several times. A Sunni Muslim, he has been accused of stirring up tensions with the rival Shia sect, reportedly calling it evil and accusing adherents of kidnapping, cooking and skinning children.
He was briefly arrested by the Saudis, banned from the UAE and from Switzerland for promoting beating women. His views on abusing little girls are sick. In a talk show appearance, al- Arefe gave advice to victims of parental molestation, and urged family members to not call the authorities. According to al-Arefe, “The girl should not be left alone with her father nor should she wear provocative clothing around him.”
In another YouTube video cited by the authors of the FDD report, Jonathan Schanzer and Steve Miller, al-Arefe advocates violence against non-Muslims.
“Devotion to jihad for the sake of Allah, and the desire to shed blood, to smash skulls, and to sever limbs for the sake of Allah and in defense of His religion, is, undoubtedly, an honor for the believer,” the Muslim cleric says. “Allah said that if a man fights the infidels, the infidels will be unable to prepare to fight [the Muslims].”
Some skulls were probably smashed when Alen Rizvanović rammed his SUV into a crowd. Alen Rizvanović’s likes also include Naser Oric, a Bosnian war criminal, whom he liked twice. Also liked was Zakir Naikwho had said, “Every Muslim should be a terrorist.”