Injured in Two Separate Knife Attacks in Vienna, Accused Arrested

  • Injured in Two Separate Knife Attacks in Vienna, Accused Arrested

Injured in Two Separate Knife Attacks in Vienna, Accused Arrested

A family of three - a man, his wife and their adult daughter - were among the ones seriously injured in the random knife attacks in the heart of Vienna.

The incident took place near the U1 Nestroyplatz station and on the Praterstrasse, a busy road which runs directly from the city centre to the Praterstern transport hub.

At least four people were injured in two separate knife attacks on Wednesday in Vienna, Austria. Praterstasse is also home to most of Vienna's Jewish population. Half an hour later, another man was attacked nearby.

Police stand on a street in downtown Vienna after several people have been injured in a knife attack on the streets of Vienna Austria Wednesday

"At 19:45 pm (1845 GMT), three people were stabbed by an attacker", Vienna police said on its Twitter account.

The spokesman said the unidentified knifeman is being hunted by officers, and that the motive and exact circumstances are as yet unknown. When asked what was known about the assailant during the manhunt, Maierhofer said, "Absolutely nothing".

A male citizen of Afghanistan was later arrested in connection with the second assault, but no further details were immediately available and any connection between the stabbings remained unclear, the spokesperson said shortly afterward.