Knifeman shot dead outside Iranian ambassador's residence in Vienna

Austrian knife attacker shot dead outside ambassador's house

Austrian knife attacker shot dead outside ambassador's house

A spokesman for the ministry of defense said the soldier initially used pepper spray but was forced to use his weapon, killing the suspect.

" Iranian residency: unknown knife attacker was shot dead by the Austrian armed forces", the police posted on Twitter.

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.

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.

The official added that the soldier, who is from the Tyrol region of Austria, has been treated in hospital.

We're working to gather more information.

He also said he has contacted the Iranian ambassador in Austria.

It is not known if the Iranian ambassador was in residence during the attack.

According to the Islamic Republic News Agency, IRNA, British police did nothing to protect the compound during the attack.

Authorities have ordered reinforcements around all diplomatic missions in the city.

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