Second Arrest In Vienna Embassy Attack

October 2nd, 2007 Posted By Pat Dollard.


VIENNA, Austria (AP) - Austrian authorities said Tuesday they arrested a second suspect in an attempted bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Vienna.

Police said they took a man into custody in the town of Tulln, about 15 miles west of Vienna. Federal police said they were treating the suspect as the possible accomplice of a Bosnian who was arrested Monday after he tried to enter the embassy with a backpack containing explosives and nails.

Authorities made Monday’s arrest after the Bosnian set off a metal detector with the contents of the backpack.

The suspect arrested Monday was described only as a 42-year-old native of Bosnia-Herzegovina who now lives in the province of Lower Austria, which encircles most of the capital. Police said they made the arrest a short distance from the embassy in a neighborhood where security is tight.

The motive for the failed attack was not immediately clear. Vienna police spokeswoman Michaela Raz said explosives experts were examining the contents of the backpack.

Munitions experts were still trying to determine whether the device had been properly rigged to explode.

Edelbacher said the backpack also held a book that appeared to contain references to Islam. But she said the content was still being analyzed and it was too early to suggest that the suspect may have been motivated by radical Islamic ideology.

Embassy officials could not immediately be reached for comment.

2 Responses

  1. asterix

    the biggest part of Austria expats workers are from former
    Yougoslavia, which was a kind of southern province for the austrian empire. Bosnians are the most numerous, the poorest in the Balkans too.

    They were converted to islam :

    the first WW started at Sarajevo in 1914, where a bosnian Serb killed the Archiduc Franz Ferdinand of Austria.

    the past of Bosnia is quite troubled, and I suspect Bosnians ready for a new start of guerillas

  2. Jerry

    The explosives for the Madrid train station and London subway/bus bombings came from Bosnia. So much appreciation for saving their assess back in the 90’s.

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