A “potential” terror attack has been averted in Austria, following the arrest of a teenager terrorist of “migrant background,” the country’s Interior Minister Wolfgang Sobotka, has said.
The terrorist was snatched Friday afternoon in a Vienna apartment by Austria’s anti-terrorist unit, Cobra. His identity was not disclosed.
However, the terrorist’s been described as “an Austrian citizen with a migration background who is 18 years old,” Sobotka told reporters during a press conference.
“Our police forces managed just in time to arrest a suspect and thus prevent a potential terror attack in the federal capital Vienna,” the interior minister, told reporters.
Earlier, police said the terrorist had been under surveillance for the past few days and there have been “indications” of a potential terrorist attack in Vienna.
Austria’s security services had received some “decisive leads from foreign intelligence services,” which prompted the arrest Sobotka said.
There were ‘possible indications’ that the terrorist might be a radical Islamist, the interior minister added. The security services are also trying to establish whether the terrorist had any accomplices.
“A large number of investigations are underway. We undertake these steps to determine how many people were involved,” said Konrad Kogler, the Director-General for public security.
“Today’s case shows once again that Austria is no blessed isle. That Austria, like Europe, has to expect terror situations,” Sobotka stressed.