Slovenian officials and Muslim community express solidarity with Austria after Vienna bombings

STA, November 3, 2020 – Slovenian officials condemned Monday’s terrorist attack in Vienna and expressed solidarity with Austria. Prime Minister Janez JanÅ¡a called for “zero tolerance against radical Islam”, while President Borut Pahor wrote a letter of condolence to his counterpart Alexander Van der Bellen, saying he was deeply moved and hurt.

“After France, Austria. Who is next? No one is safe from the terrorist threat in Europe. Zero tolerance towards #radicaleislam. Total solidarity [of Slovenia] with Austria, ”JanÅ¡a wrote on Twitter.

After France, Austria 🇦🇹 Who’s next? No one is immune from the terrorist threat in Europe. Zero tolerance to #radicaleislam. Full solidarity 🇸🇮 with Austria. @sebastiankurz

Pahor wrote to Van der Bellen, expressing his solidarity with Austria and its citizens and his condolences to the relatives of the victims.

The president added that Slovenia strongly condemns all violent actions against democracy and fundamental freedoms.

Defense Minister Matej Tonin said it was a sad day for Europe and a tragic day for Austria. “Another cowardly attack. May the innocent victims be in our thoughts and prayers. Investing in safety and the consistent prosecution of all extremism is a necessity, it is no longer a matter of choice.”

The Foreign Ministry said it was “appalled by the terrifying events in #Vienna”. “We must remain united and never give in to terror! he said on Twitter, saying Slovenia’s thoughts were with “our Austrian neighbors, the injured, the victims and their families”.

Slovenian Islamic community strongly condemns Vienna attack

STA, November 3, 2020 – Slovenia’s Islamic community strongly condemned Monday’s terrorist attack in Vienna, in which innocent people were killed and injured. “We express our deep condolences to the families of the victims and to the whole Austrian nation,” said the statement released on its website Tuesday.

“We cannot accept that in modern times, innocent people are being killed in such a terrorist manner. The violence must be ended,” the statement added.

The Islamic community of Slovenia called for the establishment of peace and trust among peoples and nations around the world, and added that “no religion allows or justifies the murder, the bloodshed of innocent people “.

“We share the pain and our deep condolences with the Austrian nation after the events in Vienna. Our prayers and compassion are with them.”

The attack in central Vienna on Monday evening was carried out by a 20-year-old man of dual Austrian and North Macedonian nationality, who was killed by police. He is said to be a supporter of the Islamic State.

According to the latest information, four civilians were killed in the attack and several people were injured.

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