Two more suspects linked to Vienna attack arrested

Armed police officers patrol near the site of a gun attack in Vienna, on Nov 4, 2020. PHOTO: REUTERS

ZURICH (REUTERS) - An Austrian of Afghan descent whose genetic material was allegedly found on the weapon that an extremist used to kill four people in Vienna last month has been arrested, prosecutors said on Sunday (Dec 20).

The authorities will seek court approval to put the 26-year-old into investigative custody, a spokesman for Vienna prosecutors said, confirming a report in the Krone newspaper.

"Traces of DNA from this person were found on the weapon," she said.

Another suspect was also arrested, she said, without giving details.

Police shot dead the 20-year-old gunman, whom Austrian authorities have described as an Islamist terrorist, during his rampage in the centre of the Austrian capital in early November.

Austria had already arrested 15 people in connection with the attack. The authorities in Germany and Switzerland are also investigating people they suspect had ties to the shooter.

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