Austrian knife attacker shot dead outside ambassador's house

Austrian police spokesman Harald Moeser said that the assailant "died on the spot" after the guard shot him four times, after pepper spray failed to stop him.

He further pointed to his communication with the Iranian ambassador to Austria, noting that no damage has been inflicted on the residence of the envoy as the result of the attack.

At least four shots had been fired.


The soldier has cuts on his right hand, but the protective vest has prevented more serious injuries.

A spokesman from the Defense Ministry said early indications are that the guard "acted within the rules".

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.


On Monday, Austrian police the assailant's motives are "completely unclear" and the local branch of the domestic intelligence and anti-terror agency is looking into the case.

Police have ordered reinforcements around all diplomatic missions in Vienna, which is also home to many global organizations.

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


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