Armed robber killed during shooting in Vienna

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Vienna, July 3 (IANS) An alleged supermarket robber was gunned down and at least two policemen were wounded in a shootout on Saturday evening in Vienna.

The incident, reported by news daily Heute, took place around 6:10 p.m. local time at a branch of the Billa supermarket chain in Hütteldorferstraße — a station on Line U3 of the Vienna U-Bahn.

According to local witnesses, two employees were held at gunpoint in the supermarket after it was closed.

The dead robber has been identified as a Bosnian man (50), who is a suspect in at least two previous robberies.

He was armed with a pistol with a silencer and was described by police spokesman Paul Eidenberger as “a professional”, The locale (Austria) reported.

According to a police spokesman, a silent alarm was trigged. A team of police responded immediately, cornering the suspect, who allegedly opened fire on them, wounding two officers.

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