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Russia's Putin condemns 'cruel and cynical' Vienna attacks

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a session of the VTB Capital Investment Forum "Russia Calling!" via a video conference call at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow, Russia October 29, 2020. Sputnik/Alexey Nikolsky/Kremlin via REUTERS

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday condemned attacks across Vienna that left five people dead in the city centre and said Moscow was ready to boost counter-terrorism cooperation with Austria.

In a telegram sent to Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, Putin called the attack a “cruel and cynical crime”, the Kremlin said in a statement.

Hundreds of police fanned out across Vienna earlier on Tuesday, searching for perpetrators of the attacks after what a government minister said was an “Islamist terrorist” incident.

Reporting by Maria Kiselyova and Darya Korsunskaya; Writing by Alexander Marrow; Editing by Andrew Osborn