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VIENNA — Austrian police warned Wednesday of a doable “Islamist-motivated assault” in Vienna in opposition to church buildings and different homes of worship, citing undisclosed data obtained by the nation’s intelligence service.

Police in Vienna tweeted that that they had heightened safety in entrance of sure buildings and elevated the presence of officers within the Austrian capital.

“There’s a nonspecific menace of an assault in opposition to church buildings,” Vienna police tweeted. “As (a) precautionary measure … factors of curiosity have been put beneath elevated guard by common and particular operation police forces.”

“If there’s a concrete hazard for the inhabitants at a concrete location, Vienna police will warn instantly by way of all obtainable channels,” police added.

In a while Wednesday, Vienna police clarified in one other tweet that the menace warning included not simply church buildings but additionally different homes of worship.

“Our precaution measures don’t completely have an effect on Christian church buildings, but additionally homes of worship of assorted confessions,” police tweeted. They didn’t specify which different spiritual communities might be affected.

The police division stated it couldn’t predict how lengthy their safety measures could be in place.

“Cops are geared up with bulletproof helmets and vests and assault rifles. They are going to perform surveillance actions and in addition perform checks in street visitors,” police spokesperson Markus Dittrich informed native radio station Radio Wien.

He didn’t give additional particulars on the background of the menace however stated extra law enforcement officials could be patrolling within the neighborhood of church buildings. Police requested folks to not publish photographs or video of deployed law enforcement officials on social media.

A spokesman for the Archdiocese of Vienna informed The Related Press that Catholic church buildings didn’t seem like the primary goal.

“We don’t seem like primarily affected,” Michael Prueller stated. “Whereas we have been knowledgeable by police concerning the normal menace, we have been additionally informed that there isn’t a imminent hazard for Catholics. So we determined to maintain out church buildings open to the general public and rejoice all church companies as deliberate in the interim.”

Vienna’s St. Stephen’s Cathedral was filled with the devoted and vacationers on Wednesday.

Greater than half of Austria’s inhabitants is Roman Catholic, making it the nation’s greatest spiritual denomination. There are additionally smaller communities of Lutheran Christians, immigrant teams that establish as Orthodox Christians, in addition to Muslims and Jews.

In 2020, a person who had beforehand tried to hitch the Islamic State group went on a rampage in Vienna armed with an computerized rifle and a pretend explosive vest, taking pictures useless 4 folks earlier than he was killed by police.

Grieshaber reported from Berlin.