Austrian President’s office evacuated after bomb threat

Apr. 29 – A wing of the former Austrian imperial palace – which houses the Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen – has been evacuated after a bomb threat on Wednesday.

The President was taken to a safe place but police soon checked the palace and gave the green light to his return to work.

According to a police spokesman, the threat was made by email and addressed to the Hofburg, a complex which also includes the OSCE’s headquarters and, temporarily, the debating chamber of Austria’s lower house of parliament.

The Hofburg complex, Wien (Photo by Dietmar Rabich – CC BY-SA 4.0)

Part of the complex is temporarily occupied by parliament, due to its main building’s works of renovation. This part, placed in the opposite side of the area involved in the threat, has not been evacuated.

The identity and reasons of this act remain obscure.

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