Update: Below is a video of the incident described:
Yesterday a man described as Somali took over the stage at a kindergarten’s Advent performance in Austria, and proceeded to frighten the children and the audience with a Koran and a backpack. It’s not yet clear what he was up to, but it is assumed that he had mental issues. In any case, the citizens of Schwanenstadt will no doubt be relieved to learn that the incident had nothing to with Islam, but instead stemmed from some form of mental illness.
Many thanks to Ava Lon for translating this report from OE24:
Islamist stormed children’s Advent event
Parents and children deeply shocked over the Koran attack
Police carried out a dramatic operation on Sunday in Oberdorf near Schwanenstadt in Upper Austria. During the annual Christmas performance of the local kindergarten group at the “Oberndorfer Advent” in the event center, a completely white-clad man — a 24-year-old Somali — suddenly appeared on the stage during the performance, and too his backpack off.
Subsequently, he asked the children to leave the stage with hand gestures. “At first we thought it was part of the performance,” says a spectator. But then the probably mentally confused man took a Koran from a plastic bag and began to preach. Three fathers, police officers, showed presence of mind and ushered the man off the stage.
When arrested by the officer in charge, having been alerted by the parents, the “preacher” strongly resisted and called “Allah is great” in front of the hall. Originally it was reported that he said: “Allah kills you”, but the police corrected this information later. “We were petrified and feared tremendously for our children,” says the kindergarten teacher Sandra S. about the frightening situation. The children are well, despite moments of shock. What the African wanted to achieve with his Koran action, and what was in the backpack, are still unclear. The Schwanenstadt police are investigating.