At least seven people are thought to have been killed with several others injured in multiple gun and suspected suicide attacks near a synagogue in Vienna.
A huge manhunt is currently underway for several attackers armed with rifles with police confirming shootings at six different locations.
According to local reports, hostages are also being held at the Akakiko restaurant, close to where shots were first fired at around 8pm local time, near the synagogue.
One attacker is thought to have ‘blown themselves up’ during the rampage with another arrested and one shot dead by police. A police officer is also thought to have been shot and seriously injured.
Interior Minister Karl Nehammer told Austrian broadcaster ORF: ‘At the moment I can confirm we believe this is an apparent terror attack.’
He added that the attack was believed to have been carried out by several people and that all six locations were in the immediate vicinity of the street housing the central synagogue.
The rampage comes on the last evening before Austria goes into lockdown, with bars and restaurants in the country closed from midnight tonight.
Shocking footage showing a man carrying an assault rifle and sprinting through the streets of Vienna and firing off shots was shared on social media, though it is unclear if he is the gunman behind the attack.
More distressing footage appears to show the moment a man is shot by the attacker.
Police urged people to avoid all open spaces and public transport in the city. Police said trams and buses were not stopping and urged social media users not to post videos of the police operation, so as not to endanger officers.