Early prison release of radical Islamist leads to 4 dead, 22 wounded in Austria

Twenty-year-old Kujtim Fejzulai posted a photo on his Instagram account before the attack that showed him with two of the weapons he apparently used, Interior Minister Karl Nehammer said. Pictured: An image circulated widely on social media which purports to be the killer but which has not been explicitly verified by Austrian officials

A 20-year-old ISIS sympathizer who killed four people and wounded 22 in Vienna on Nov. 2 had been granted an early release under Austrian juvenile law, having been deemed incapable of carrying out an attack, according to a report on DailyMail.com.

The Vienna terrorist, who posed with his weapons on Instagram before killing four in the shooting rampage, had been imprisoned last December for trying to join the Islamic State but was released because he was 19 at the time. 

Twenty-year-old Kujtim Fejzulai turned that leniency to his own purposes, launching his attack near a synagogue armed with an automatic rifle, a handgun and a machete. He also wore a fake bomb belt and injured 22 as he fired seemingly at random

He was shot dead by police just after 8 p.m.

Austrian police arrested 14 people in raids after the deadly attack, and say they have not found evidence that a second shooter was involved, Interior Minister Karl Nehammer said on Nov. 3.

An elderly man and woman, a young male passer-by and a waitress were killed.

A 28-year-old police officer was shot but is reportedly in stable condition. Seven injured civilians are said to be in critical condition. 

Fejzulai was born and raised in Vienna and was one of 90 Austrian Islamic radicals known to intelligence because they wanted to travel to Syria, one national newspaper editor tweeted on Nov. 3.


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