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Monday, March 12, 2018, 18:51
Knife attacker shot outside Iranian envoy's residence in Vienna
By Agencies
Monday, March 12, 2018, 18:51 By Agencies

Police stand in front of the Iranian ambassador's residence after an attack in Vienna, Austria, March 12, 2018. An Austrian attacker was shot and killed by the guard he wounded outside the residence, police said. (RONALD ZAK / AP)

VIENNA/BERLIN – Heightened security measures have been ordered at embassies and other diplomatic buildings in Vienna after a soldier stationed outside the residence of the Iranian ambassador to Austria shot dead a man who tried to stab him, police said on Monday. 

The 26-year-old assailant's motive for the attack, which took place around 11:30 pm (2230 GMT), was unclear and video footage would be reviewed, a police spokesman said. 

"The attacker stabbed the soldier repeatedly. He was only saved by a stab-proof vest," the spokesman said, adding that the two men ended up grappling on the ground. 

"The soldier defended himself well and was then able to reach for his service weapon and fire shots," he added.

A police car blocks a street in front of the Iranian ambassador's residence after an attack in Vienna, Austria, March 12, 2018. (RONALD ZAK / AP)

The Austrian police said they had no information yet on the motives of the attacker.

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 said Monday.

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