The Interior Minister Karl Nehammer has told Australian broadcaster ORF that “At the moment I can confirm we believe this is an apparent terror attack,”
Several videos have appeared on social media showing the situation on the ground in the city.
The police tweeted, “Shots fired in the Inner City district – there are persons injured – KEEP AWAY from all public places or public transport,”.
Adding that “There are several injured persons,”.
The incident is currently ongoing with a manhunt underway for several attackers in the city.
According to local reports, hostages are allegedly being held at Akakiki restaurant near the scene where shots were fired.
Vienna police say the situation is still active and urge the public to avoid the area.
People all across the city are being told to stay in place while the situation remains active.
It is being reported that the attack involves six different crime scenes.
More details to come.