Austrian intelligence agency BVT was warned by neighboring Slovakia last summer that the shooter behind the deadly terror attack in Vienna was trying to buy ammunition. After the report, however, communication “has clearly failed,” said Interior Minister Karl Nehammer. He wants to set up a committee to review the functioning of intelligence services.
The attacker opened fire in the historic center of the Austrian capital on Monday evening, killing four people and injuring 22 others.
Police shot the perpetrator and later arrested 14 suspects. It is still unclear exactly what role they would have played.
The shooter, a 22-year-old man with an Austrian and North Macedonian passport, was sentenced to 22 months in prison last year. He had tried to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State. The man was released early.
With the deradicalisation program, the man would have given the impression that he was doing better, when in reality that was not the case. According to the minister, the attacker fooled his practitioners.