Austrian police detain suspect following Vienna knife attack

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A 23-year-old man has been arrested by Austrian police following knife attacks in Vienna in which four people were injured.

Police spokesman Patrick Maierhofer said in a statement on Thursday that the suspect was detained shortly after a 20-year-old man was stabbed and taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries on Wednesday night.

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A forensic expert secures evidence after the knife attacks in Vienna (Ronald Zak/AP)

Officers said they are still investigating whether the suspect is also responsible for the stabbings of a family of three an hour earlier, also in the heart of the Austrian capital.

They did not release any further details on the identity of the suspect.

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A police officer stands in front of a Japanese restaurant after the attack in Vienna (Ronald Zak/AP)

All three family members – a 67-year-old man, a 56-year-old woman and their 17-year-old daughter, suffered life-threatening injuries and were taken to hospital after the attack.