Turkish man recounts brush with death in Vienna attack

Vienna –  A Turkish man who was wounded in Monday’s terrorist attack in the Austrian capital said he barely escaped death at the hands of one of the gunmen.

Recep Tayyip Gultekin told Anadolu Agency that he was with his friend Mikail Ozer in Vienna’s city centre when they heard gunshots.

He said they headed in the direction of the commotion and saw a gunman shooting a civilian passerby.

Gultekin helped the injured woman.

“After I carried the woman to a nearby restaurant, the terrorist pointed his gun at me,” he recalled.

He threw himself to the ground to avoid being shot by the gunman, who was carrying a long-barrel gun, but was wounded, he said.

“We got into my friend’s car and went to the nearest police station to report the incident.”

Gultekin said that later, they saw that a police officer had been wounded from the clash.

Noting that medical teams could not approach the scene due to the conflict, Gultekin said he and his friend carried the officer to an ambulance.

They also helped an elderly woman they encountered at the scene move to a safe location, he said.

“I didn’t want to go to the hospital because the wound on my foot wasn’t that big,” he said, although the medical team with the ambulance offered to take him there.

“I didn’t want to be a burden because I thought there would be many injuries due to the conflict,” he said.

Noting that the buckshot was still embedded in his foot, Gultekin said: “Now that the situation has calmed down a little more, I will go to a hospital and get treatment.”

At least one person was killed and 15 others wounded in the suspected terrorist attack by multiple gunmen.

Interior Minister Karl Nehammer told ORF television that one of the gunmen was shot and killed by the police and a major anti-terror operation is ongoing to arrest the others.

Several gunmen armed with rifles targeted people in six locations in Vienna’s city centre around 8 pm local time (1900 GMT), according to the police.

One passerby was shot dead and 15 people were wounded, according to Vienna Mayor Michael Ludwig.

Seven of the wounded are in critical condition.

Sputnik later reported quoting Ludwig that the death toll in the Vienna shooting has risen to two as a woman injured in the attack has died.

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz announced on Twitter that military units were being deployed in Vienna to support police anti-terror operations. – Bernama

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