Skip to Content

Commemoration at Desider-Friedmann-Platz, centered with the wreaths of representatives of politics and religions on the evening of November 8, 2020. Wikipedia
Vienna

Vienna jihadist targeted youth group

According to the latest news from the investigation into the November 2 terrorist attack in Vienna, Kujtim Fejzulai, the ISIS jihadist who had carried out the attack, intended (but failed) to cause carnage during the prayer service of a youth group in a Catholic church.

Published: November 30, 2020, 6:08 am

    Read more

    Austrian daily Kronen Zeitung reported that the background of the attack targeting local churches is disconcerting: The ISIS-killer wanted to cause a bloodbath during an evening prayer of the Catholic Youth group in the Ruprecht Church in Vienna. The Islamist failed to enter through the closed door, however, due to a timer lock.

    Interior Minister Karl Nehammer (ÖVP) has strengthened security measures in local churches for Advent and the Christmas season. The reason for his concern — which has been met with silence from the prosecutor’s office — is shocking. According to Krone’s investigation, specifically 17 children of the Catholic Youth Group, had escaped a certain death at the hands of the jihadist.

    While the children were holding a non-public prayer hour in the Ruprecht Church in the heart of Vienna, the ISIS killer wanted to break in with an assault rifle and pistols. However, he failed to do so due to a time-locked mechanism at the entrance of the building. Seconds later, the attacker was “taken out” with one shot by WEGA agents in front of the oldest church in the city. The “Investigative Group 2 November” interviewed the shocked women and children.

    Meanwhile, it has been announced that the interim report of the Austrian Commission on possible negligence in the ranks of anti-terror forces will be made public before Christmas. Talks with representatives from several government departments have already been agreed upon for the coming week.

    The spokesman of the Vienna Archdiocese, Michael Prüller, on Friday afternoon described the dire situation on the evening of the terror attack. The 17 youths escaped the attacker by turning off the lights when the first shots were fired.

    “You reacted with presence of mind and hid,” Prüller said. The youths stayed hidden in the darkness until 2:30 am on Tuesday. Then the police gave the all-clear so that the 17 girls and boys could go home.

    The day after the attack, Nehammer pinpointed the failures of the judiciary, headed by Minister Alma Zadić (The Greens), because the attacker had been released prematurely from prison. He warned that communication between the judicial authorities and Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution and Combating Terrorism (BVT) and the State Office for the Protection of the Constitution and Combating Terrorism (LVT) should be improved. Despite her error, Justice Minister Alma Zadić defended the early release of the jihadist from prison.

    A spokeswoman for the Slovak police told the news channel TA3 that suspicious people, including the perpetrator, had tried to buy ammunition in Slovakia in the summer of 2020. This information was immediately passed on to the Austrian BVT, but they never acted on this information.

    During the week after the attack, media reports also revealed that in the months after the jihadist’s release from prison in December 2019, the perpetrator had contact with jihadists from Germany who were known to the police and who had stayed with him during a visit to Vienna. It is not known why he was not observed and why the Krems prison court, which could have revoked his conditional release, did nothing. A research network of Süddeutscher Zeitung, WDR, NDR and a Viennese weekly newspaper questioned the Interior Ministry on these explosive findings.

    The German extremism researcher Peter Neumann pointed out that three other jihadists who have just been released from prison have now become terrorists, along with Kujtim F. Hundreds of Islamists were still in prisons in France, Germany, Austria, and in other EU countries, but hardly any state has yet prepared for their early release.

    The terrorist attack in Vienna saw four people killed and 23 others injured, some seriously. Initially, the police had assumed that there were several perpetrators.

    Consider donating to support our work

    Help us to produce more articles like this. FreeWestMedia is depending on donations from our readers to keep going. With your help, we expose the mainstream fake news agenda.

    Keep ​your language polite​. Readers from many different countries visit and contribute to Free West Media and we must therefore obey the rules in​,​ for example​, ​Germany. Illegal content will be deleted.

    If you have been approved to post comments without preview from FWM, you are responsible for violation​s​ of​ any​ law. This means that FWM may be forced to cooperate with authorities in a possible crime investigation.

    If your comments are subject to preview ​by FWM, please be patient. We continually review comments but depending on the time of day it can take up to several hours before your comment is reviewed.

    We reserve the right to del​ete​ comments that are offensive, contain slander or foul language, or are irrelevant to the discussion.

    • LuciusAnnaeusSeneca

      Kudos to Free West Media for a very informative and insightful report. There are tensions inside Kurz’ government between the Interior Ministry, headed by a hard-line member of Kurz’ OVP, Klaus Nehammer, and the Justice Ministry, headed by a rising star in the Austrian Green’s party, Alma Zadic. As many foretold when Kurz formed his second government in early January of this year, there would be inevitable tensions and a likely falling-out between the two over how to deal with security issues relating to mass migration. Austria’s security requirements cannot accommodate the Green’s handling of jihadist suspects, and must be reconciled. The growing disharmony that is shown by this article might presage a cabinet reshuffle. While Kurz remains a nationalist committed to the safety and security of the Austrian public, he might not want to cut ties with the Greens at this point.

    Europe

    German PEI greenlights Pfizer citing insufficient data after myocarditis reports

    BerlinThe new report by the Paul Ehrlich Institute (PEI) states that there is still "no clear picture" between cases of myocardial inflammation and Pfizer/BioNTech vaccinations. Mainly young men are affected. Notably, myocarditis can trigger a life-threatening arrhythmia or lead to cardiac arrest.

    AfD inquiry into refugee policy making waves in Hong Kong

    BerlinAn inquiry from the Eurosceptic AfD to the German federal government regarding the "German refugee policy towards the Chinese special administrative zone Hong Kong and the granting of asylum status" has apparently caused a sensation reaching as far as Southeast Asia.

    Education and immigration are main primers for voter choices

    ParisThe economists Amory Gethin, Clara Martínez-Toledano and Thomas Piketty, who work at the World Inequality Lab at the Paris School of Economics, asked some interesting questions in a study published in early May. The three researchers collected data from several Western democracies. Immigrant voters distinguish themselves by choosing the left.

    New Austrian conservative strongman calls into question arbitrary Corona rules

    ViennaFormer Austrian Interior Minister Herbert Kickl (FPÖ) is considered the new strong man in his party, slated to take over the leadership soon. In an interview translated from ZUERST! Kickl explains how he wants to bring the FPÖ back to being the top party.

    Swede gets kicked in the head by immigrant gang but media conceals the facts

    SkövdeAt Vasaskolan in Skövde, a brutal assault occurred in May, when a student received blows and kicks to the head by seven attackers. In the local media, important facts were concealed: The abuse is part of an increasingly tense ethnic conflict between Swedish young people and immigrants from Skövde's ghetto Södra Ryd.

    Macron slapped in the face: ‘He got what he deserved’

    ParisCNews star Eric Zemmour commented on the slap received by French President Emmanuel Macron on June 8, 2021. While condemning the slap given to Macron, the journalist and columnist considered that the President of the Republic "got what he deserved" because Macron "himself has desecrated the function".

    Macron slapped in the face by royalist

    Tain-l'HermitageDamien Tarel, presumed author of the aggression against the French president, and Arthur C. were arrested by the gendarmes of the Surveillance and Intervention Platoon of the Gendarmerie (PSIG) of Valence. They were presented, according to one source, as “yellow vests”, a fact which was denied by the public prosecutor.

    Alarming number of bankruptcies due to lock-down in Germany

    BerlinAlice Weidel, the co-leader of the AfD noted the alarming number of people who have filed for personal bankruptcy since the Corona pandemic began.

    Illiteracy three times higher in France’s overseas territories

    ParisThe French National Assembly's overseas delegation published an information report on education in Guadeloupe, Martinique and Reunion. While it noted some improvements, the report mainly pointed out dysfunctional... buildings.

    Flemish activists receive prison sentences for ‘Stop Islamization’ banner

    Antwerp Four members of the conservative group Voorpost were sentenced for inciting hate and violence because of a banner announcing “Stop Islamization”. This is the latest attack on Flemish conservatives from a hostile Belgian elite ahead of the election.

    Go to archive