Austrian authorities say they’ve foiled a doable assault on Vienna’s Pleasure parade by three younger males who had allegedly sympathized with the extremist Islamic State group
BERLIN — Austrian authorities mentioned Sunday that they had foiled a doable assault on Vienna’s Pleasure parade by three younger males who had allegedly sympathized with the extremist Islamic State group.
The pinnacle of Austria’s home intelligence service advised reporters that the suspects, aged 14, 17 and 20, had been arrested earlier than the beginning of the Saturday’s Pleasure parade, which was attended by round 300,000 individuals, public broadcaster ORF reported.
Omar Haijawi-Pirchner from the State Safety and Intelligence Directorate mentioned that there was “no hazard for the members of the parade at any time.”
The intelligence service had acquired advance information of the suspects’ alleged plans, saved them “below fixed management,” and arrested them on the orders of the St. Poelten public prosecutor’s workplace following home searches on Saturday that uncovered varied proof, together with weapons, ORF reported.
The three suspects, Austrian residents of Bosnian and Chechen origin, whose identities weren’t additional revealed, had radicalized on-line and sympathized with the Islamic State group, Haijawi-Pirchner mentioned.
One of many suspects was already identified to police, he added.
The trio was arrested earlier than the beginning of the parade by Austria’s Cobra particular forces.
The organizer of the Pleasure parade was solely knowledgeable in regards to the occasions on Sunday. The organizers didn’t wish to create panic among the many members, particularly because the police raid had already taken place, in response to ORF.