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Austria plans intelligence reforms after terror attack

The suspect was shot and killed by police nine minutes after authorities received the first reports of a shooting in the city center.


The government of Austria he exhorted on Thursday to create more legal options to combat extremism already make a reform of the national intelligence agency, following this week’s terrorist attack by a supporter of the Islamic State group that the authorities knew that he had tried to buy ammunition in neighboring Slovakia.

The attacker, identified as 20-year-old Kujtim Fejzulai, had a prior conviction for trying to join the Islamic State in Syria and was released prematurely in December.

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Slovak authorities notified Austria on July 23 that two people traveling in a car with Austrian license plates had tried to buy ammunition for an assault rifle at a shop in Bratislava. Austria’s director of public security, Franz Ruf, acknowledged on Thursday that his agency had identified one of them ‘probably’ as Fejzulai on October 16 two weeks before the attack and indicated that an independent investigation will determine whether procedural errors were made. .

This commission will review the process and evaluate it objectively, ” Ruf told reporters in Vienna.

The authorities revealed that they could not take away Fejzulai’s Austrian nationality, who was also a North Macedonian national after his conviction and who he had managed to circumvent the program of de-radicalization of the justice system after his release by making them believe that he had reformed.

Chancellor Sebastian Kurz told a special session of Parliament on Thursday that Austria currently does not have all the necessary legal means toto monitor and punish extremists and that the government cannot allow the situation that led to Monday night’s attack to repeat itself. The assailant shot four people to death and wounded another 20 with an automatic rifle before being killed by the police.

Kurz did not offer details about his plans for changes, according to the APA news agency.

The suspect was shot by police nine minutes after authorities received the first reports of a shooting in the city center, and Interior Minister Karl Nehammer praised the police for their prompt response.


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