Fatalities reported after attackers target revellers in Vienna ahead of lockdown

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At least one person has been killed and several injured in Vienna in what security officials described as a "terror attack".

"One deceased person, several injured (1 officer included)," police said on Twitter. "1 suspect shot and killed by police officers."

The Austria Press Agency earlier quoted ambulance service spokesman Daniel Melcher saying there were several dead and injured in the Austrian capital, though he was unable to provide a number.

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Armed police arrive at the first district near the state opera in central Vienna on November 2, 2020, following a shooting near a synagogue. - Multiple gunshots were fired in central Vienna on Monday evening, according to police, with the location of the incident close to a major synagogue. Police urged residents to keep away from all public places or public transport. One attacker was "dead" and another "on the run", with one police officer being seriously injured, Austria's interior ministry said according to news agency APA. (Photo by JOE KLAMAR / AFP) (Photo by JOE KLAMAR/AFP via Getty Images)
Police officers check a car at the scene after gunshots were heard, in Vienna, Monday, Nov. 2, 2020. Austrian police say several people have been injured and officers are out in force following gunfire in the capital Vienna. Initial reports that a synagogue was the target of an attack couldn't immediately be confirmed. Austrian news agency APA quoted the country's Interior Ministry saying one attacker has been killed and another could be on the run.(Photo/Ronald Zak)
Police officers walk between emergency vehicles at the scene after gunshots were heard, in Vienna, Monday, Nov. 2, 2020. Austrian police say several people have been injured and officers are out in force following gunfire in the capital Vienna. Initial reports that a synagogue was the target of an attack couldn't immediately be confirmed. Austrian news agency APA quoted the country's Interior Ministry saying one attacker has been killed and another could be on the run.(Photo/Ronald Zak)
Police officers stay in position at the scene after gunshots were heard, in Vienna, Monday, Nov. 2, 2020. Austrian police say several people have been injured and officers are out in force following gunfire in the capital Vienna. Initial reports that a synagogue was the target of an attack couldn't immediately be confirmed. Austrian news agency APA quoted the country's Interior Ministry saying one attacker has been killed and another could be on the run.(Photo/Ronald Zak)
A police officers walk near ambulances at the scene after gunshots were heard, in Vienna, Monday, Nov. 2, 2020. Austrian police say several people have been injured and officers are out in force following gunfire in the capital Vienna. Initial reports that a synagogue was the target of an attack couldn't immediately be confirmed. Austrian news agency APA quoted the country's Interior Ministry saying one attacker has been killed and another could be on the run.(Photo/Ronald Zak)
En este fotograma se ven policías en el lugar donde se reportaron disparos en Viena, Austria, el lunes 2 de noviembre de 2020. (AP Foto)
Police officers check a person following a gunfire in the neighborhood of a synagogue in Vienna, Germany, Monday, Nov. 2, 2020. (Photo/Ronald Zak)
Armed policemen patrol in the center of Vienna, Austria, on November 2, 2020, following a shooting. - Multiple gunshots were fired in central Vienna on the evening of November 2, 2020, according to police, with the location of the incident close to a major synagogue. Police urged residents to keep away from all public places or public transport. One attacker was "dead" and another "on the run", with one police officer being seriously injured, Austria's interior ministry said according to news agency APA. (Photo by JOE KLAMAR / AFP) (Photo by JOE KLAMAR/AFP via Getty Images)
A policeman points his gun in the air as others stand in front of a shop in the center of Vienna on November 2, 2020, following a shooting. - Two people, including one attacker, have been killed in a shooting in central Vienna, police said late November 2, 2020. Vienna police said in a Twitter post there had been "six different shooting locations" with "one deceased person" and "several injured", as well as "one suspect shot and killed by police officers". (Photo by ROLAND SCHLAGER / APA / AFP) / Austria OUT (Photo by ROLAND SCHLAGER/APA/AFP via Getty Images)
Armed policemen stand guard in a shopping street in the center of Vienna on November 2, 2020, following a shooting. - Multiple gunshots were fired in central Vienna on the evening of November 2, 2020, according to police, with the location of the incident close to a major synagogue. Police urged residents to keep away from all public places or public transport. One attacker was "dead" and another "on the run", with one police officer being seriously injured, Austria's interior ministry said according to news agency APA. (Photo by JOE KLAMAR / AFP) (Photo by JOE KLAMAR/AFP via Getty Images)
VIENNA, AUSTRIA - NOVEMBER 02: Heavily armed police stand near Schwedenplatz square in the city center following reports of shots fired nearby on November 02, 2020 in Vienna, Austria. Police blocked off nearby streets and urged people to stay away in what seems to be an ongoing event possibly involving several attackers. (Photo by Thomas Kronsteiner/Getty Images)
Armed police patrol at Mariahilferstrasse in central Vienna on November 2, 2020, following a shooting near a synagogue. - Austrian Interior Minster Nehammer said late on November 2 that a shooting in central Vienna near a major synagogue appeared to be a terrorist attack and was ongoing. (Photo by ROLAND SCHLAGER / APA / AFP) / Austria OUT (Photo by ROLAND SCHLAGER/APA/AFP via Getty Images)
Armed policemen stand witha a dog near the State Opera in the center of Vienna on November 2, 2020, following a shooting near a synagogue. - Multiple gunshots were fired in central Vienna on the evening of November 2, 2020, according to police, with the location of the incident close to a major synagogue. Police urged residents to keep away from all public places or public transport. One attacker was "dead" and another "on the run", with one police officer being seriously injured, Austria's interior ministry said according to news agency APA. (Photo by Joe Klamar / AFP) (Photo by JOE KLAMAR/AFP via Getty Images)
Police cars and policemen stand in the central Vienna on November 2, 2020, following a shooting near a synagogue. - Multiple gunshots were fired in central Vienna on the evening of November 2, 2020, according to police, with the location of the incident close to a major synagogue. Police urged residents to keep away from all public places or public transport. One attacker was "dead" and another "on the run", with one police officer being seriously injured, Austria's interior ministry said according to news agency APA. (Photo by Joe Klamar / various sources / AFP) (Photo by JOE KLAMAR/AFP via Getty Images)
Police patrol near Stephansplatz in central Vienna on November 2, 2020, following a shooting near a synagogue. - Austrian Interior Minster Nehammer said late on November 2 that a shooting in central Vienna near a major synagogue appeared to be a terrorist attack and was ongoing. (Photo by Ales HALADA / AFP) (Photo by ALES HALADA/AFP via Getty Images)
Women run away from the first district near the state opera, central Vienna on November 2, 2020, following a shooting near a synagogue. - Austrian Interior Minster Nehammer said late on November 2 that a shooting in central Vienna near a major synagogue appeared to be a terrorist attack and was ongoing. (Photo by Joe Klamar / AFP) (Photo by JOE KLAMAR/AFP via Getty Images)
Police cars and armed police officers patrol in central Vienna on November 2, 2020, following a shooting near a synagogue. - Multiple gunshots were fired in central Vienna on the evening of November 2, 2020, according to police, with the location of the incident close to a major synagogue. Police urged residents to keep away from all public places or public transport. One attacker was "dead" and another "on the run", with one police officer being seriously injured, Austria's interior ministry said according to news agency APA. (Photo by GEORG HOCHMUTH / APA / AFP) / Austria OUT (Photo by GEORG HOCHMUTH/APA/AFP via Getty Images)
An armed policeman stands guard near the state opera in central Vienna on November 2, 2020, following a shooting near a synagogue. - Multiple gunshots were fired in central Vienna on Monday evening, according to police, with the location of the incident close to a major synagogue. Police urged residents to keep away from all public places or public transport. One attacker was "dead" and another "on the run", with one police officer being seriously injured, Austria's interior ministry said according to news agency APA. (Photo by Joe Klamar / AFP) (Photo by JOE KLAMAR/AFP via Getty Images)
Armed police patrol at the area around the state opera in central Vienna on November 2, 2020, following a shooting near a synagogue. - Multiple gunshots were fired in central Vienna on Monday evening, according to police, with the location of the incident close to a major synagogue. Police urged residents to keep away from all public places or public transport. One attacker was "dead" and another "on the run", with one police officer being seriously injured, Austria's interior ministry said according to news agency APA. (Photo by JOE KLAMAR / AFP) (Photo by JOE KLAMAR/AFP via Getty Images)
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Austria's top security official said authorities believe there were several attackers involved and the incident was ongoing.

"It appears to have been a terror attack," interior minister Karl Nehammer told public broadcaster ORF, adding that the perpetrators were armed with rifles.

"I can confirm that there were several injured and that there are probably also deaths among them," Mr Nehammer said.

Vienna police said several shots were fired shortly after 8pm local time in a lively street in the city centre, and that there were six different shooting locations.

Police urged people to avoid all open spaces and public transport in the city. Police said trams and buses were not stopping and urged social media users not to post videos of the police operation, so as not to endanger officers.

"There are several injured persons," police tweeted. "We are on site with all available forces. Please avoid all public squares in the city."

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Police at the scene (AP)

Oskar Deutsch, the head of the Jewish community in Vienna, said the shooting took place in the street where the city's main synagogue is located but that it was not clear whether it had been targeted.

The synagogue was closed at the time of the shooting around, he said.

Rabbi Schlomo Hofmeister told the Associated Press he saw at least one person fire shots at people sitting outside bars in the street below his window.

"They were shooting at least 100 rounds just outside our building," Mr Hofmeister said.

"All these bars have tables outside. This evening is the last evening before the lockdown," he added.

"As of midnight, all bars and restaurants will be closed in Austria for the next month and a lot of people probably wanted to use that evening to be able to go out."

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