Vienna synagogue shooting leaves four dead including ‘Islamist terrorist’

Four people, including an attacker who has been labelled an "Islamist terrorist" have died in the Vienna synagogue attack.

The official Twitter account of The Vienna Police department confirmed the number of deaths, and also revealed 15 people were severely injured during the assault that took place on Monday.

Cops said: "The assault was carried out by at least one suspect who as shot and killed by officers.

"The assault is considered to have an Islamistic motive."

According to authorities, the suspect is thought to have been armed with an assault rifle and other handguns.

He also appeared to be wearing an explosive vest, however this "turned out to be a dummy."

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Police have conducted a search into the suspect's home.

The Vienna Police Department are continuing an investigation of the area, as well as analysing footage.

Austria's Federal Minister of the Interior also released a statement urging people to stay at home, he also announced "there is no compulsory schooling in Vienna tomorrow."

It is unknown how many attackers were involved in the incident, Vienna police chief Gerhard Pürstl said: “At the moment we think there’s more, we’re investigating.

“It’s difficult to say for sure if it was one or several attackers. Lots of witnesses are injured, traumatised, and we have to analyse the data.

“This will take some time … at this stage there is no definite answer," reports The Guardian.

It's believed the perpetrators targeted six locations within a small area of central Vienna: three restaurants, a synagogue, a Jewish cultural centre and a Hilton hotel at around 8pm.

"Following reports of a security incident in Vienna, our three hotels have locked down as a precaution," a Hilton spokesperson told Daily Star Online.

"We are in touch with all three hotels and have no current information to suggest our guests or team members at the hotel are directly involved in the incident."

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