Prosecutor Hansjoerg Mayr says the 27-year-old told others sharing a migrant shelter in the province of Tyrol that he killed at least 20 victims who were wounded during fighting in Syria to spare them from suffering.

 

Arrest

 

Mayr said Friday proceedings were launched after the man, whom he described as belonging to a subgroup of the Syrian Free Army fighting government forces, told the same story to police.

 

He was not identified in keeping with Austrian privacy laws. Conviction on “the crime of murder as a terrorist crime” is punishable by a prison life sentence.