Suspect flees to Hungary after shooting at Austrian troops | world news

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungarian police and counterterrorism forces are searching for a suspected smuggler who allegedly shot Austrian soldiers after he escaped border control on Monday.

According to the Austrian Defense Ministry, a van drove through a border crossing at Eberau in Austria’s Burgenland region near the Hungarian border on Monday morning, but was then stopped by Austrian soldiers.

One of the van’s passengers fled on foot to Hungary and shot Austrian soldiers, but none were injured, police spokesman Helmut Marban told the Austrian News Agency. APA.

Hungarian police and Hungarian Counter-Terrorism Center forces continue to search for the suspect, whose nationality is unknown, near the Hungarian town of Szentpeterfa. Police in Vas County, Hungary, said the search for the suspect was ongoing.

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Another suspected trafficker, a Moldovan, was apprehended at the scene, along with 12 migrants who sought asylum, Austrian police spokesman Marban said, adding that the van had Hungarian license plates .

“Today’s incident shows that the actions of traffickers and associated criminality have reached new dimensions. I am happy that the deployed soldiers emerged unscathed from the exchange of fire,” said Austrian Defense Minister Klaudia Tanner.

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