As usual, the authorities deny any terrorist motive for Muslims having weapons.
Police in Austria arrested 22 Muslims from Chechnya, who were pretending to be refugees in Vienna, and seized a machine gun and two pistols in the process.
According to a report in the Krone newspaper, a large number of the fake refugees were noticed gathering in Vienna’s Floridsdorf district, late on Friday, February 3.
Local residents noticed the group on the city’s famous Danube Island, and alerted the police, who swooped on the crowd unexpectedly.
The large crowd immediately dispersed, and the police were only able to detain 22 of them.
On the spot, thrown down in the snow, police discovered the discarded weapons, along with a large knife.
All of the arrested are “refugees” from Chechnya, living off the welfare provided by the Austrian state.
Police spokesman Thomas Keiblinger told the Krone that when his “colleagues arrived at the site, the group immediately split up. Four to five men spoke directly to the police officers and told them that they were only going for a walk or to a wedding.”
The police have, however, only been able to link one of the pistols—to one of the Chechens arrested. Another Chechen was held for an unspecified immigration offence, and police were then forced to release the remaining 20 after holding them for 48 hours.
The Austrian Interior Ministry denied that the incident was terrorist-related, saying that it was “linked to criminality among the Chechens” and a brewing violent dispute over the Chechen President Ramsan Achmatovich Kadyrov.
I agree with releasing Muslims under these circumstances. At 30,000 feet over the Mediterranean Sea.