A Tunisian man who admitted to killing an elderly couple in Austria turned out to be a “radicalized Muslim,” the interior minister says. The murders could mark the first Islamist attack in Austria.
“It turns out that the suspect is obviously a radicalized Muslim who has murdered two people,” Interior Minister Wolfgang Sobotka said at a press conference on Wednesday, as cited by ORF radio, Reuters reports. “For this reason I am talking about a murder case which clearly has an Islamist background.”
Last week a Tunisian immigrant turned himself in to police, confessing he had killed a married couple in the city of Linz. An 85-year-old woman had her throat slit with a knife, while her husband, 87, was stabbed and beaten to death. The alleged perpetrator, named as Mohammed H. by local media, also set fire to the couple’s house.
Initially, the 54-year-old suspect was reported to have acted out of “hatred and political motives,” since the couple’s son was an active member of Austria’s far-right Freedom Party (FPO)…
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