“Meanwhile, the Defense Ministry said that during his Austrian military service in 2012 the man was registered as a devout Muslim.”
But to have kept him under surveillance would have been “Islamophobic,” and so he was free to carry out this stabbing.
A senior Austrian security official says the man who was shot dead over the weekend after stabbing a soldier outside the Iranian ambassador’s residence in Vienna “clearly had sympathy for political Islam.”
Michaela Kardeis, head of public security, told a news conference on March 13 that for now there were no more details about the 26-year-old assailant’s background or possible motives….
Meanwhile, the Defense Ministry said that during his Austrian military service in 2012 the man was registered as a devout Muslim.
The Vienna-born man of Egyptian origin, named by police as Mohamed E., attacked the soldier outside the Iranian envoy’s residence late on March 11, stabbing him several times with a knife….
The Kurier newspaper reported that the man, who lived with his parents in a working-class area of Vienna, followed a German Salafist preacher on Facebook.
He was also a fan of a Facebook group that agitated for the “release of Sunni prisoners” in mostly Shi’ite Iran, it reported….