A 26-year-old Austrian has been shot dead outside the Iranian ambassador’s residence in the capital city of Vienna after he attacked a guard with a knife, authorities report.

A police spokesman disclosed that the assailant’s motive for the attack, which took place on Sunday around 11:30pmlocal time (22:30 GMT), was unclear and video footage would be reviewed.

“The attacker stabbed the soldier repeatedly. He was only saved by a stab-proof vest,” Reuters reports the spokesman as saying; 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.

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

Heightened security measures were ordered at embassies and other diplomatic buildings after the incident.

The incident comes just days after two knife attacks in Vienna, including one that left a couple and their 17-year-old daughter with severe injuries.

A 23-year-old Afghan national confessed to those assaults but denied any political motive.

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