Monday, May 23, 2022

Suspect fled to Hungary after shooting at Austrian soldiers

BUDAPEST, Hungary ( Associated Press) – Hungarian police and counter-terrorism forces are on the hunt for a suspected smuggler who allegedly opened fire on Austrian soldiers after evading border checks on Monday.

According to the Austrian Defense Ministry, a van broke into the border crossing in Eberau in the Austrian region of Burgenland near the Hungarian border on Monday morning, but was then stopped by Austrian troops.

Police spokesman Helmut Marban told Austrian news agency APA that a passenger in the van fled to Hungary on foot and opened fire on Austrian soldiers, but no one was injured.

Hungarian police and forces from the Hungarian Counter Terrorism Center continue to search for the suspect, whose nationality is unknown, near the Hungarian town of Szentpeterfa. Police in Hungary’s Vaas County said a search for the suspect was underway.

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Austrian police spokesman Marban said another suspected smuggler, Moldovan, was apprehended at the scene, along with 12 migrants who asked for asylum, with Hungarian license plates in the van.

“Today’s incident shows that the actions of smugglers and related crimes have reached new dimensions. I am glad that the soldiers deployed were not injured in the firing,” said Austrian Defense Minister Claudia Tanner.

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