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Attacker shot dead outside Iran diplomat's Vienna residence

12 March 2018

A knife-wielding man who attacked a soldier guarding the Iranian envoy's residence in Vienna late Sunday was later shot dead, police said on Monday.

Police spokesman Harald Soeros told AFP early on March 12 that the 26-year-old assailant "died on the spot" after being shot by the guard, who was in a sentry box outside the building.

"The attacker stabbed the soldier repeatedly".

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Security was stepped up at diplomatic missions across the city as police said other people may have been involved in planning the attack late last night.

The motive for the attack was not immediately known.

The soldier received none-life threatening injuries to his left arm and was taken to hospital.

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A Defense Ministry spokesman quoted by the APA agency said it appeared the soldier had "acted within the rules" by first trying to repel the attacker with pepper spray.

Qassemi added that Iranian authorities in Tehran and Vienna remain in contact with Austrian officials for more details on the incident.

A 23-year-old Afghan national confessed to those assaults but denied any political motive.

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Attacker shot dead outside Iran diplomat's Vienna residence