A pair of MMA fighters ignored coming “eye to eye” with the Vienna terrorist to bring wounded victims to safety — even after one of them was shot in the leg by the ISIS-sympathizer, reports said.
Turkish martial artists Recep Tayyip Gultekin and Mikail Ozer rushed into action in Vienna Monday night after hearing gunshots from the ISIS sympathizer who killed four and wounded 17, they told local media.
Seeing a woman get shot, Gultekin said he carried her to safety at a nearby restaurant — just to come “eye to eye” with the killer, he told Turkish news channel Ahaber.
“After I carried the woman to a nearby restaurant, the terrorist pointed his gun at me,” he told Turkey’s state-run Anadolou Agency.
“The moment I met that eye, there was no fear or doubt in me,” he told Ahaber, saying he “rolled on the ground” and then raced to alert police — getting shot in the right calf on the way.
Despite his injury, Gultekin joined Ozer in rushing back into action, helping to carry an elderly woman who appeared in shock to a tram, he told Ahaber.
They then rescued a cop who was shot in the thigh and belly after seeing that his colleagues were unable to get to him because of the ongoing terror rampage.
“We had to do something, we had no fear in our minds,” Gultekin told the Turkish TV station, saying they “embraced” the office and carried him more than 600 feet to where an ambulance was waiting.
Gultekin — who, like his friend, regularly shares photos from their MMA fights and training in Austria — posted photos of his bloodied hands and injured calf on Instagram.
“I didn’t want to go to the hospital because the wound wasn’t that big,” he told Anadolou, although the medical team with the ambulance offered to take him there.
“I didn’t want to be a burden because I thought there would be many injuries due to the conflict,” he said, saying he only went after the chaos calmed.
Monday’s attack “was clearly an Islamist terror attack,” Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said. “It was an attack out of hatred — hatred for our fundamental values, hatred for our way of life, hatred for our democracy in which all people have equal rights and dignity.”
The attacker — identified as ISIS sympathizer Kujtim Fejzulai — was “equipped with a fake explosive vest and and an automatic rifle, a handgun and a machete to carry out this repugnant attack on innocent citizens,” Interior Minister Karl Nehammer told Austrian news agency APA.
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