Prime Minister Alexander De Croo has expressed his condolences on Twitter in response to the terrorist violence in Vienna. The tweet was written in German and addressed to Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz. Other political leaders have also responded to events in the Austrian capital.
“We are currently going through difficult times in our republic. I want to thank all the emergency services who risk their lives, especially today for our safety. Our police will take decisive action against the perpetrators of this horrific terrorist attack. I am relieved that our police officers have already been able to eliminate a perpetrator. We will never be intimidated by terrorism and will resolutely fight these attacks by all means, ”Kurz said in a statement on Twitter.
He said that the Austrian army will take over the security of Vienna so that the police can focus on fighting terrorism. Kurz also expressed his gratitude to the many European colleagues who expressed their condolences.
“Shocked and saddened by the terrible terror attack this evening in Vienna. My deepest condolences to the victims and their families. I express my solidarity with the people of Vienna and Austria. We will never give in to terror, “said De Croo.
European President Charles Michel also responded and expressed his condolences to Kurz. “Europe strongly condemns this cowardly act that violates life and our human values. My thoughts are with the victims and the people of #Vienna in the aftermath of tonight’s gruesome attack. We support Austria. ”
“A terrible attack on a synagogue in Vienna. On behalf of the Netherlands, I have just expressed our unconditional support to Sebastian Kurz with the victims, their families and the Austrian government in dealing with this horrible act, ”writes Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte.
French President Emmanuel Macron has also expressed his condolences. “We French share the shock and sorrow of the Austrians after an attack in Vienna. After France, it is a friendly country that is under attack. This is our Europe. Our enemies need to know who they are dealing with. We will not give in to anything. ”
“After another gruesome attack on our freedom, our values and our way of life, tonight our thoughts are with our friends from Austria and the people of Vienna. We will never let hate win ”, Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel responds.
The German Ministry of Foreign Affairs made an appeal not to give in to the hatred that divides our society. “The true scale of the terrorist act cannot yet be determined, but our thoughts turn to the injured and the victims during these difficult hours,” tweeted the German ministry, referring to this “terrible and staggering news” from Vienna.
Chancellor Angela Merkel meanwhile also responded: “We Germans express our sympathy and solidarity with our Austrian friends. The fight against Islamist terrorism is our common fight. ”
Reactions also came from the United States, including from President Donald Trump. “These malicious attacks on innocent people have to stop. The US is behind Austria, France and all of Europe in the fight against terrorists, including radical Islamic terrorists. ”
His Democratic challenger Joe Biden also condemned the violence. “We must unite against hatred and violence,” he said on Twitter.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson says he is “deeply shocked” by the attacks. “The thoughts of the British are with the people of Austria. We unite ourselves against terror. ”
Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte in turn “strongly condemned” the terrorist violence. “There is no place for hatred and violence in our common European home,” he wrote on Twitter. Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio also responded via Twitter, stating that “Europe must respond” after this “cowardly attack”.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau: “The shooting in Vienna is horrific and heartbreaking. We condemn this act of terrorism in the strongest possible terms. Our thoughts are with the people of Austria and with everyone affected by this regrettable act. ”
Also from the Czech Republic came expressions of solidarity with the Austrians. “I am shocked by the attack on the synagogue in Vienna and I want to express my solidarity to all the Austrian people and to my friend (Chancellor) Sebastian Kurz,” said Andrej Babis.
Secretary General of the United Nations António Guterres responded. “I condemn these attacks in the strongest possible terms and affirm the solidarity of the UN with the residents and government of Austria.”
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi says he is “deeply shocked and saddened” by the “cowardly terror attacks in Vienna”. “India stands next to Austria in this tragic period. My thoughts are with the victims and their families. ”
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