Saturday, 20 October, 2018

Attacker killed outside Iran envoy's Vienna residence

Austrian knife attacker shot dead outside ambassador's house 26-year-old man attacks guard stationed outside Iranian ambassador's Vienna home with knife, shot dead
Jay Anderson | 13 March, 2018, 11:24

After an initial unsuccessful attempt the soldier shot four times in the attacker, wounding him fatally.

The 26-year-old assailant´s motive for the attack, which took place around 11:30 p.m. (2230 GMT), was unclear and video footage would be reviewed, a police spokesman said.

The residence of the Iranian ambassador in Vienna has not suffered damages in the incident, the spokesman added, but noted that a guard at the building has been wounded and admitted to the hospital.

"He initially used pepper spray" against the assailant, Soeros said, before opening fire.

At least four shots had been fired.




The motive for the attack was not immediately known.

Although the matter is still being investigated, Austria's Ministry of Defence said at the moment it seems the guard did follow the rules in his actions, the APA agency reported.

Authorities have ordered reinforcements around all diplomatic missions in the city.

The incident comes just days after two knife attacks in Vienna, including one that left a couple and their 17-year-old daughter with severe injuries. A 23-year-old Afghan man later confessed to those attacks.

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