Islamic State claims responsibility for Vienna terror attack in Austria

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The Islamic State has claimed the responsibility for the Vienna terror attack, calling the shooter a ‘soldier of the caliphate’.

At least four people were killed and 22 people were wounded after gunmen opened fire on people at Vienna’s cafes and restaurants on Monday night.

The man who opened fire has been identified as Kujtim Fejzulai, a 20-year-old Austrian citizen, who had sought to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State, Austria’s Interior Minister Karl Nehammer said.

According to reports, the shooter was armed with an automatic rifle, a pistol, and a machete and was wearing a fake explosive device.

As per reports, the suspect had been arrested once before after he tried to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State. The man was sentenced to 22 months in prison but was released early.