Austrian police launched raids in 4 states on the 9th and arrested 30 people on suspicion of terrorism.
Austrian Minister of the Interior Karl Nehammer said that Austria is making every effort to crack down on “these extremist criminal groups.”
A statement from the Styria State Prosecutor’s Office stated that the police searched more than 60 properties in Styria, Carinthia, Lower Austria and Vienna on the 9th, including residences, businesses and community premises, and arrested 30 people.
These people are suspected of “belonging to terrorist organizations, financing terrorism, forming gangs against state power, participating in criminal gangs and money laundering.”
According to the prosecutors, the raid was the result of an in-depth investigation for more than a year and had nothing to do with the November 2 terrorist attack in the Austrian capital of Vienna.
Austrian prosecutors are investigating more than 70 suspects and several groups, suspecting that these people belong to and support the Muslim Brotherhood (Muslim Brotherhood) and the Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas).
The European Union lists Hamas as a terrorist organization, and the Austrian prosecutors believe that the Muslim Brotherhood is a radical organization connected to the terrorist organization.
A 20-year-old man shot at the crowd in the center of Vienna on the evening of the 2nd, killing 4 people and wounding 23 others.
He himself was shot dead by the police. 10 suspects suspected of being connected to the attacker are in custody awaiting trial. T
he attacker tried to travel to Syria to join the extremist organization “Islamic State”.
He was sentenced to 22 months in prison in April last year.
He later participated in and completed a de-radicalization project and was released on bail.