At least 5 injured in church robbery in Vienna

DAILY SABAH WITH AP
ISTANBUL
Published 27.12.2018 20:20
Updated 28.12.2018 00:59
Maria Immaculata church in Strebersdorf district of Vienna. (Photo courtesy of Bwag/Wikimedia)
Maria Immaculata church in Strebersdorf district of Vienna. (Photo courtesy of Bwag/Wikimedia)

At least five monks were injured by uknown assailants in robbery at a church in Austrian capital Vienna, police said on Thursday.

Vienna police said in a tweet that two unknown perpetrators attacked several monks in Maria Immaculata church in Strebersdorf district.

Police found the monks tied up, one of them with head injuries, nearly three hours later. They were aged between 56 and 68, and it appeared that the others had tried to intervene after one of the assailants — described as speaking with a foreign accent — attacked the oldest monk, the Austria Press Agency reported.

Police said while the precise motive remains unclear, "a possible terror motive can be ruled out" in the incident at the church.

Security forces sealed the area as the search for the attackers and any additional victims were underway, police said.

In a later tweet, the police said one of the monks was in critical condition.

Officers were searching for the perpetrators, including in the complex where the incident took place. They said Thursday evening that they had found nothing in the building.

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