Two mixed martial arts fighters have been honoured in Austria for racing through a hail of bullets to carry an injured policeman to safety after he was shot by an ISIS gunman.
Mikail Ozen, 25, and Recep Gultekin are believed to have saved two lives during the horrific terror attack in Vienna last night.
Mr Gultekin even ended up being shot in the calf by the terrorist as he was caught in gunfire while carrying out the rescue mission.
Gunman Kujtim Fejzulai, 22, was armed with an automatic rifle, pistol and machete which he used to kill four people – two men and two women – during his attack on the Austrian capital.
Two mixed martial arts fighters (pictured: left, Mikail Ozen, right, Recep Gultekin) have been honoured in Austria for racing through a hail of bullets to carry an injured policeman to safety after he was shot by an ISIS gunman
Fejzulai began his attack at 8pm near the central synagogue and marauded through the streets wearing a fake explosives belt and injured 22 as he fired at random before he was ‘neutralised’ – shot dead by police at 8.09pm.
Fejzulai killed an elderly man and woman, a young male passer-by and a waitress.
A 28-year-old police officer was shot but is said to be in a stable condition, while seven civilians who were injured are in a critical, life-threatening condition.
Mr Ozen spoke about his bravery to German publication Bild. He said: ‘We help because we have to.
Mikail Ozen (pictured with Turkey’s ambassador in Vienna), 25, and Recep Gultekin are believed to have saved two lives during the horrific terror attack in Vienna last night
Mr Gultekin (pictured with Turkey’s ambassador in Vienna) even ended up being shot in the calf by the terrorist as he was caught in gunfire while carrying out the rescue mission
Twenty-year-old Kujtim Fejzulai posted a photo on his Instagram account before the attack that showed him with two of the weapons he apparently used, Interior Minister Karl Nehammer said. Pictured: An image circulated widely on social media which purports to be the killer but which has not been explicitly verified by Austrian officials
Armed police arrive at the first district near the state opera in central Vienna in response to the terror attack
Shocking footage from Israeli TV showing a gunman carrying an AK-47 and handgun and shooting a person in the street near the start of the attack in Vienna
‘Everyone wants to know if I’m okay.’
Mr Ozen and his friend Mr Gultekin had been going for one last coffee before Austria went into lockdown when they were caught in the fray of a terror attack.
‘The shooter was only a few metres away,’ said Mr Ozen.
Mr Gultekin quickly found an injured woman whom he grabbed and carried out of the line of fire – but ended up with a bullet in his calf.
The pair immediately drove to the nearest police station to describe the perpetrator and his weapon to the officers.
A man carrying what looks like an AK-47 rifle and believed to be the gunman who carried out the rampage in Vienna on Monday evening
GUNFIRE HEARD IN SIX AREAS WITHIN A FEW HUNDRED YARDS: Gunman armed with automatic rifle, pistol and machete who was wearing a fake explosives belt was ‘neutralised’ at 8.09pm, around ten minutes after the shooting started, according to the chief of police. Two women and two men were killed. One of the women was a waitress who died of gunshot wounds in hospital, and another who was aged in her 40s later died in the Ottakring Clinic. One of the male victims was discovered in the meat market, while another was found gravely wounded on Franz-Josefs-Kai, close to the river
Police frisk a man as they move through central Vienna on Monday night as there were reports of multiple gunmen
Turkish national Recep Tayyip Gultekin, who helped carry the wounded 28-year-old police officer to safety after being caught in the crossfire himself on Monday night
But just as they were about to leave, shots were fired again. Mr Ozen said: ‘We ducked, ran in a zigzag, from the subway exit to the next telephone booth.’
The pair then saw the injured police officer lying motionless on the ground.
Mr Ozen added: ‘We didn’t think about the dangers. We just had to do something. We had to help.’
The pair picked the police officer up together and carried him to the nearest ambulance.
Mr Ozen was left with blood-stained hands.