Austria leaders call for reform of domestic intelligence agency after Vienna attack

Austrian leaders have called for reforming the country’s domestic intelligence agency after the Vienna terror attacks Chancellor Sebastian Kurz told a special session of parliament that Austria currently doesn’t have all the legal means necessary to monitor and sanction extremists, and that the government couldn’t allow a repeat of the situation that led to the attack. 

On November 2, a lone gunman opened fire with a rifle near the street on which the central synagogue, Stadttempel, located in Vienna, the capital of Austria. Four civilians were killed in the attack, and 22 others were injured, seven critically, including a police officer. The attacker was killed by police; he was identified as an Islamic State sympathizer. Officials said that the attack was an Islamist terrorism incident. 

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