Police say an Austrian soldier shot dead a knife-wielding man who attacked him outside the Iranian ambassador’s residence in Vienna. Authorities have ordered reinforcements around all diplomatic missions in the city.
The soldier was standing guard alone outside the ambassador’s building in western Vienna overnight when the attacker confronted him with a knife, a police spokesman said early Monday.
The soldier sprayed the man with pepper spray before firing four shots, spokesman Harald Soeros said.
The assailant, a 26-year-old Austrian citizen, “died on the spot,” he added. The soldier was taken to hospital with a stab wound to his upper arm.
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.
Police said it was too early to speculate on a motive. They’ve sent additional security personnel to other diplomatic buildings across Vienna.
The incident comes just days after four people were seriously injured in a stabbing rampage in the Austrian capital. A 23-year-old Afghan man later confessed to those attacks.