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Vienna Shooter Posted Photo Holding Weapons in Instagram Before his Deadly Attack; Shocking Video of Shooting

The extremist who gunned down four people and wounded several others in Vienna posted a photo of himself shortly before the attack as clutching an AK-47 assault rifle, a handgun and a machete.

Kujtim Fezjulai, 20, an Austrian-North Macedonian dual citizen with a previous terror conviction, shared the image on Instagram as he pledged his allegiance to the jihadists and their leader, Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurashi, the UK’s Mirror reported.

Two men and two women died of their wounds and a further 17 were injured, including a police officer, in his terror attack that took place in six locations across Vienna on Monday night. Fezjulai, who was shot dead by police about nine minutes into his attack, was wearing a fake suicide belt as he fired at his victims in the heart of the capital.

He was convicted in April 2019 for membership of a terrorist group and sentenced to 22 months but was released early under the Juvenile Court Act, the Mirror reported, citing a report in Kronen Zeitung.

The first shots were fired Monday night near the Stadttempel synagogue, which was closed. The victims were shot at random at various locations.

Seven people remain hospitalized in critical condition as police made several arrests, including two in Saint Pölten, a city about 35 miles west of Vienna, the Mirror reported.

Interior Minister Karl Nehammer described the rampage as an “Islamist terrorist” incident, adding that one “heavily armed and dangerous” attacker was still believed to be at large.

Police say the incident began at about 20:00 (19:00 GMT), near the Seitenstettengasse synagogue, when a heavily armed man opened fire on people outside cafes and restaurants.

Austria's Chancellor, Sebastian Kurz, said on Tuesday that the victims included "an elderly man, an elderly woman, a young passer-by and a waitress." 

Austrian police have urged people to stay indoors as they hunt for suspects after a multiple gun attack in the capital Vienna that killed four people.

Austrian authorities have described the shootings as an "Islamist" attack. During a press conference early on Tuesday morning, 

Austrian Interior Minister, Karl Nehammer, said the shooter was wearing a fake explosive belt at the time of the attack and had been "radicalized."

"The radicalized person is someone who is an IS sympathizer," said Nehammer, referring to the terrorist group Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

"Yesterday's attack was an attack on our values and a completely useless attempt to weaken our democratic society or to divide it," Nehammer said. "We do not tolerate this in any way or from anyone."

Austria's President, Alexander Van der Bellen, said at a press conference: "Hate in our society must not fall on fruitful ground. We will not be instigated by this type of hate. We will protect ourselves and defend ourselves."

The Vienna shooting comes after the Islamist militant attacks in France. Last month French history teacher Samuel Paty was beheaded outside a school in a suburb of Paris after he showing the cartoons of Prophet Muhammed to his pupils. Then, as the government launched new measures to tackle militant Islam, a Tunisian man fatally stabbed three people in a cathedral in Nice.

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