Vienna shootings: Johnson says ‘deeply shocked’; Modi expresses ‘sadness’


Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz (C-L) and Austrian President Alexander van der Bellen (C-R) arrive to pay their respects to the victims of a shooting in Vienna on November 3, 2020, one day after the shooting at multiple locations across central Vienna. (Photo by JOE KLAMAR/AFP via Getty Images)
Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz (C-L) and Austrian President Alexander van der Bellen (C-R) arrive to pay their respects to the victims of a shooting in Vienna on November 3, 2020, one day after the shooting at multiple locations across central Vienna. (Photo by JOE KLAMAR/AFP via Getty Images)

WORLD LEADERS voiced their condemnation Tuesday(3) over the multiple shootings in Vienna that killed four people.



British prime minister Boris Johnson said that he was ‘deeply shocked’ by the incident. He added that the country stands united with Austria ‘against terror’.

“I am deeply shocked by the terrible attacks in Vienna tonight. The UK’s thoughts are with the people of Austria – we stand united with you against terror,” he tweeted.

Indian prime minister Narendra Modi said that he was “deeply shocked and saddened by the dastardly terror attacks in Vienna”.



“Deeply shocked and saddened by the dastardly terror attacks in Vienna. India stands with Austria during this tragic time. My thoughts are with the victims and their families,” Modi wrote on Twitter.

US president Donald Trump said that these ‘evil attacks’ against innocent people must stop.

“Our prayers are with the people of Vienna after yet another vile act of terrorism in Europe. These evil attacks against innocent people must stop. The US stands with Austria, France, and all of Europe in the fight against terrorists, including radical Islamic terrorists,” he tweeted.

The European council chief Charles Michel said that Europe strongly condemns this cowardly act that violates life and our human values.

“My thoughts are with the victims and the people of #Vienna in the wake of tonight’s horrific attack. We stand with Austria.”

The EU’s top diplomat Josep Borrell called it “a cowardly act of violence and hate”.

German chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesman, said: “The fight against these assassins and those who instigate them is our common struggle.”

German police said they had stepped up checks on the border with Austria.

“After France, it is a friendly nation that has been attacked. This is our Europe. Our enemies must know who they’re dealing with. We will concede nothing,” French president Emmanuel Macron tweeted in both French and German.

Russian president Vladimir Putin “strongly condemned the cruel and cynical crime which once again confirmed the inhumane nature of terrorism”, the Kremlin said.

“Pakistan strongly condemns the heinous terrorist attack in Central #Vienna on Monday night,” said a foreign ministry spokesman.

“We extend our deepest condolences & sympathies to families of victims and wish a speedy recovery to those injured.”

Iran’s foreign ministry spokesman said: “Terrorism is reprehensible in all its forms, and the regrettable act perpetrated in Vienna demonstrates once again that terrorism and extremism know no borders.”

A foreign ministry statement from Turkey said: “As a country that has been fighting against all sorts of terrorism for decades Turkey stands in solidarity with the Austrian people.”

Italian prime minister Giuseppe Conte said there was “no room for hatred and violence in our common European home”, while Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio tweeted that “Europe must react”.