Austria arrest ‘foils terror attack’ in Vienna

The detainee had been under observation for several days.

The detainee had been under observation for several days.

Austria’s interior minister says the arrest of a man in the capital Vienna has averted a possible terror attack in the city.

Wolfgang Sobotka said the 18-year-old was an Austrian citizen of a migrant background and there were “indications” of jihadist motives.

Police are warning the public to be alert and to report suspicious objects.

The arrest took place at about 17:00 GMT on Friday when special forces raided an apartment.

Mr Sobotka said the man had been under observation for several days.

“Our police forces managed in quick time to arrest a suspect and so prevent a potential terror attack in the federal capital Vienna,” he told reporters.

“The decisive leads came from foreign intelligence services.”

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