Knifeman shot dead outside home of Iran ambassador in Vienna

13 March, 2018, 11:25 | Author: Bert Pena
  • Attacker shot dead after 'knife assault' at Iran ambassador's house in Austria

The incident happened at about 11:35 p.m. local time on Sunday when the man, who is believed to have been 26 years old, attacked a soldier at an army post outside the ambassador's residence.

A knife attacker has been shot dead outside the Iranian ambassador's residence in Vienna, police say.

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

Police said the guard, a 23-year-old Austrian soldier, first tried to deter the assailant with pepper spray.

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At least four shots had been fired.

The guard acted according to protocol and "did everything right", according to a defense ministry spokesperson.

Police said the assailant's apartment in Vienna was searched on Monday, but there was no immediate sign of evidence that would point to a motive. The motive for the attack was not clear.

Police have ordered reinforcements around all diplomatic missions in the Austrian capital, which is also home to many global organisations. A 23-year-old Afghan drug addict admitted that he randomly attacked three people from a family near a restaurant as well as a fellow Afghan he knew.

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