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Raid on Iran's Diplomatic Residence in Vienna: Attacker Shot Dead

12 March 2018

An Austrian attacker has been shot and killed by a guard he wounded outside the Iranian ambassador's residence in Vienna, police said. After the attacker - a 26-year-old Austrian and Vienna resident - stabbed him, he fired several shots.

The assailant "died on the spot" after the soldier opened fire, said police spokesperson Harald Soeros, adding that the attack took place just before 00:00 local time.

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

According to the Austrian Defence Ministry, the bodyguards first used pepper sprays to stop the assailant, but it was ineffective and they finally had to shoot.

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The unnamed soldier is in his early 20s and received non-life-threatening injuries to his left upper arm, said Soros.

Police have ordered reinforcements around all diplomatic missions in the Austrian capital, which is also home to many global organisations.

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The motive of the attack remains unknown and an investigation has been launched into the incident. A 23-year-old Afghan man later confessed to those attacks.

Raid on Iran's Diplomatic Residence in Vienna: Attacker Shot Dead