Provincial parliament demands ban on mosque construction

Vienna – The provincial parliament in the southern Austrian province Carinthia called on its provincial government to prepare legislation banning the construction of mosques or minarets. The province’s governor, the populist former leader of the rightist Freedom Party, Joerg Haider, had repeatedly called for anti- Muslim measures along those lines.

2nd Arrest In Austria U.S. Embassy Plot

Austrian authorities said they arrested a second suspect in an attempted bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Vienna. Police said they took a man into custody in the town of Tulln, about 15 miles west of Vienna. Federal police said they were treating the suspect as a possible accomplice of a Bosnian who was arrested Monday after he tried to enter the embassy with a backpack containing explosives and nails. The Bosnian was arrested after his bag set off a metal detector and the man fled on foot. It was unclear how far he made it into the embassy. Public broadcaster ORF, citing unidentified officials, reported that a metal detector sounded an alarm as the man was passing through security checks and that he fled immediately. Guenther Ahmed Rusznak, a spokesman for Vienna’s Muslim community, issued a statement late Monday condemning the attempted bombing and rejecting radical Islam.