Knife attacker shot outside Iranian ambassador's residence in Vienna

Knife attacker shot outside Iranian ambassador's residence in Vienna

Knife attacker shot outside Iranian ambassador's residence in Vienna

A knife attacker was shot dead outside the Iranian ambassador's house in Vienna after he lunged at a guard, police said.

The assailant "died on the spot" after the soldier opened fire, police spokesman Harald Soeros told AFP, adding that the attack took place just before midnight local time.

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

Police guard in front of the Iranian ambassador's residence after an attack in Vienna.

"The assailant was around 26 years old apparently an Austrian national", the spokesperson said, adding there is still no information on his identity or motives.

The soldier sustained cuts to his right arm but was protected from more serious injuries by his stab-proof jacket.

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.

Iran has called for a speedy probe into a "suspicious" attempt to launch a knife attack on the residence of Tehran's ambassador to Vienna, saying the motive behind the incident remains unknown. A 23-year-old Afghan man later confessed to those attacks.

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