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House president offers condolences to Austria and France after terrorist attacks

Adamos Adamou
House president Adamos Adanou (Photo Christos Theodorides)

House president Adamos Adamou on Thursday sent letters to the presidents of the Austrian federal and national councils Andrea Eder-Gitschthaler and Wolfgang Sobotka and to the presidents of the French Senate and National Assembly Gérard Larcher and Richard Ferrand offering his condolences on behalf of Cyprus for the recent terrorist attack in Vienna and in France.

According to an announcement released by the parliament, in his messages Adamou condemned both attacks, which “affect the values ​​and principles that are at the centre of any free and democratic society.”

Adamou underlined Cyprus’ firm commitment to the common struggle against terrorism “which has cost the lives of countless of innocent citizens in Europe and around the world.”

“We are in solidarity with the families of the victims, the political leadership and the people of Austria and France, and we wish the injured a speedy recovery,” the letter concluded.

On November 2, a lone gunman opened fire with a rifle in the historic city centre of Vienna. Four civilians were killed in the attack and 23 others were injured, seven critically, including a police officer.

The attacker, who was identified as 20-year-old Kujtim Fejzullai from North Macedonia, was later killed by the police. Later investigations revealed he had ties with ISIS.

Four days earlier, three people were killed in a stabbing attack at Notre-Dame de Nice, a Roman Catholic basilica. One woman was partially beheaded.

The alleged attacker, a Tunisian man called Brahim Aouissaoui, was later shot by the police and taken into custody.

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