Islamic State claimed responsibility on Tuesday for a deadly attack in Vienna, in a statement issued through its Amaq News Agency along with a picture and video purporting to show the gunman.
The picture, released on Telegram, showed a bearded man identified as “Abu Dagnah Al-Albany”. The accompanying statement said he had attacked crowds in central Vienna on Monday with a pistol and machine gun before being shot dead by police.
In the photo, Albany carries a pistol, a machine gun, and a machete and is wearing a ring stamped with a sentence saying “Mohammed is the messenger of Allah”.
Amaq posted a video of Albany minutes later in which he pled allegiance to Islamic State leader Abu Ibrahim al-Hashemi al-Quraishi. He was speaking Arabic in the video.
#Sondakika Avusturyadaki saldırıyı IS (işid) rresmi olarak üstlendi. Dünyanın en güvenilir haber ajansı Amaq olan IS’in resmi ajansıdır.
Saldırıda 30 kişi öldü/yaralandı. Aralarında 1 üst rütbeli asker ve bir polis var#Vienna pic.twitter.com/TWIFdozBlT
— Robert Fisk (@CZ112020) November 3, 2020