Knife attacker shot dead outside Iran ambassador's Vienna residence

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An unknown attacker armed with a knife was shot and killed by soldiers guarding the Iranian ambassador's residence in Vienna. "The soldier defended himself well and was then able to reach for his service weapon and fire shots", he added.

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 spokesman said the guard initially used pepper spray before opening fire on the assailant.

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At least four shots had been fired.

The soldier received none-life threatening injuries to his left arm and was taken to hospital.

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.

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Although the matter is still being investigated, Austria's Ministry of Defence said at the moment it seems the guard did follow the rules in his actions, the APA agency reported. His motive is not yet clear.

A spokesperson for the police told AFP the 26-year-old man "died on the spot" when his victim started shooting, according to The Local.

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