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3 of family hurt in Austria knife attack

Media reports say man with knife randomly attacked pedestrians near Vienna's Prater park

AP
00:36 March 8, 2018
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Vienna: Austrian police said at least three people were injured in a knife attack Wednesday on the streets of Vienna, with the attacker possibly injuring a fourth nearby.

Vienna police said the attack happened at about 7.45pm (10.45pm UAE) on Praterstrasse in the heart of Vienna.

“According to eyewitnesses a man has attacked three persons — a man, his wife and their adult daughter,” police spokesman Patrick Maierhofer told The Associated Press. “The three persons suffered heavy to life-threatening injuries and are currently in a hospital.”

A fourth person was attacked with a knife nearby shortly afterwards, police said: “A link (between the attacks) is part of ongoing investigations.”

Witness Silvia Franke said she was about 100 metres away when the incident happened.

“I saw how someone in the middle of the street was screaming and shouting — I thought he was beating his dog judging from his hand movements,” she said. “And in reality he was stabbing this man.”