Five people are believed to have died in a shooting attack at a synagogue in Schwedenplatz, Vienna.

A large police deployment were issued to the area and a full report will follow.

In response,  Chief Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt, president of the Conference of European Rabbis, has issued the following statement:

“We are shocked and very sad about the terrorist attack in Vienna. Our hearts and prayers are with the victims and their families. This cowardly act of terror is an attack on all people in Europe, our values and way of life. We must no longer tolerate this terror. We must already fight against the causes of any kind of extremism. The deadly poison of hatred and extremism in the name of a religion or ideology must be fought more decisively than ever.

 “The Islamist-motivated series of attacks in recent weeks also shows us that we need a new religious policy in Europe that also includes the security aspect and enables European states to remove the breeding ground for this religious extremism both online and offline. It is important to know what is being preached in mosques and other places of worship over here, by whom they are financed, what foreign influences are promoting such terrible deeds and how social media serves as a vehicle for this.

 “Here, we need much more control and transparency. Religious leaders must be trained and certified here in Europe. They must show their loyalty to the laws that apply here. They must commit themselves to peace and tolerance and convey this to their communities in order to prevent religious fanaticism. The task now is to enable Europe to remove the breeding ground for this religious extremism.”