Agents of the Counter-Terrorism Centre are already in Szentpéterfa, where the shooting happened earlier today.
According to vaol.hu, the news portal of Vas county, there are a lot of police units in Szentpéterfa, a small Hungarian village just metres away from the Hungarian-Austrian border. They wrote that a human smuggler opened fire on Austrian border guards from the Hungarian side. Then he escaped and tried to hide in a former border guard barrack nearby. The officers of the Counter-Terrorism Centre surrounded the building. A couple of minutes later, their Austrian colleagues sent a drone to help. Based on unconfirmed information, the smuggler is not alone.
Afterwards, police caught a Moldavian human smuggler in the village. Officers found 14 people in his van, who claimed to be Syrian refugees. To sum up, there are two cases. One of them is already solved, while the other is still going on.
Regarding the latter issue, local police issued a statement a couple of hours ago. They said that the Syrians could not provide any documents proving their national identity or citizenship. However, they could not demonstrate the legality of their stay in Hungary. As a result,
police will escort them to the border fence. Meanwhile, the Moldavian citizen will be brought to court for human trafficking.
Regarding the former issue, vaol.hu wrote that Hungarian police officers wanted to check a vehicle at the border of Szentpéterfa. However, the driver escaped and opened fire on an Austrian border guard. Thus, the Counter-Terrorism Centre swarmed the village with police officers.
According to Blikk, the perpetrator(s) barricaded themselves in a former Hungarian border guard barrack. They added that the human smuggler first drove to Austria. However,
Austrian police officers caught him and wanted to check his car. That is when he opened fire and went back to the Hungarian side.
The spokesman of the Austrian Army, Michael Bauer, wrote on Twitter that the driver of a bus refused military check and a soldier suffered light injuries. They went after him, but he drove back to Hungary. A couple of shots were fired during the pursuit in the Austrian side but nobody suffered an injury.
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Source: vaol.hu, blikk.hu