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    A 20-year-old named Kujtim Fejzulai with Albanian roots was confirmed by authorities to be one of the instigators of the Monday attacks in the Austrian capital which killed four people and injured at least 22.

    Kujtim Fejzulai, a suspected Vienna gunman, reportedly posted a picture with a weapons arsenal on social media prior to the deadly Monday evening attacks.

    In a posted to Instagram, Fejzulai posed holding an AK-47 and a machete while pledging allegiance to the Daesh* terrorist group and its newly announced leader, the Mirror newspaper reported.

    An alleged picture of Fejzulai was reposted on Twitter.

    The Austrian Interior Ministry confirmed on Tuesday that Fejzulai, who holds dual citizenship in North Macedonia and Austria, has a criminal record for terrorism. He was sentenced to almost two years in prison in April 2019 for attempting to join Daesh in Syria, but was released just 8 months later.

    While Fejzulai's identity was known to Austrian intelligence, they did not perceive him as a threat as he reportedly took a "deradicalisation" programme while in prison.

    So far, three persons are believed to be Vienna attack suspects, including Fejzulai, who was shot by police on the day of the rampage, and two others of North Macedonian citizenship. Other suspects, according to Austrian media, are natives of Kosovo, Russia’s Chechnya, and Bangladesh.

    On Monday evening, the Austrian capital was subject to a terrorist attack. The shooting took place near a synagogue, and an anti-Semitic motive, while unconfirmed, was thought possible, the authorities said. Fejzulai was neutralised by police 9 minutes into the attack.

    Several world leaders have reacted to the tragic terror shooting, including EU top officials, the presidents of Russia, Turkey, France, the United States, European states and others.

    Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz indicated that the attack does not reflect any conflict between Christians and Muslims, or between Austrians and immigrants, rather it is a "struggle between the many who believe in peace, and the few who seek war, a struggle between civilization and barbarism". He also pledged to defend, together with other European states, their open societies and democratic values.

    The North Macedonian authorities will assist in the investigation, Kurz said.

    French President Emmanuel Macron sided with the Austrian leader in the battle against radicalism. On Tuesday, he travelled to Vienna to pay homage to the victims of Monday attack.

    "We French share the shock and grief of the Austrian people struck this evening by an attack in the heart of their capital, Vienna. After France, a friendly country is attacked. This is our Europe. Our enemies must know who they are dealing with. We will not give up", Macron posted on Twitter.

    The Vienna shooting rampage comes in the wake of recent terror attacks that shook France following the beheading of a French teacher by an Islamist in mid-October. Nice saw a deadly attack on 29 October, when a 21-year-old Tunisian man killed three people with a knife in the Notre-Dame Basilica in Nice. A day after, 52-year-old Greek Orthodox priest, Nikolaos Kakavelaki, was shot and injured in the city's 7th district near a Greek church in Lyon, he is still in serious condition at a hospital.

    Following the attacks, which have all been designated as acts of terror by the French government, Macron pledged to counter religiously-motivated violence in the country and defend the secular values of the European Union.

    Daesh (also known as ISIS/ISIL/IS) is a terrorist organisation outlawed in Russia and many other states

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