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2018 Vienna embassy stabbing

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On 11 March 2018, a man committed a stabbing attack against an Austrian soldier in front of the Iranian embassy in Vienna. Authorities announced that the man had radical Islamist sympathies.

Incidents[edit | edit source]

On 11.30 pm on 11 March 2018, an Austrian soldier was attacked with a knife in front of the Iranian embassy in Vienna which he guarded. The soldier was stabbed repeatedly, and injured, but his life was saved by the stab-proof vest he was wearing. The attacker was shot dead.[1] Security was stepped up at diplomatic missions across the city, because the police feared that other people may have been involved in the attack. A police spokesman said, that the soldier was only saved by a stab-proof vest: "They started a fight because the aggressor was too close and the soldier shot him at least four times with his handgun." The attacker’s home was searched and his internet activities were reviewed.[2][1]

Local residents were in shock about the recent stabbings, which included another knife attack few days before.[3]

Perpetrator[edit | edit source]

The perpetrator was a 26-year-old Austrian of Egyptian origin. Authorities said, he sympathized with radical Islamist ideology, but the exact motive was subject to further investigation.[3][2]

Reactions[edit | edit source]

On 13 March the Austrian Interior Minister Herbert Kickl announced that Austria will change its asylum policy because of this and other incidents - among them a pair of stabbings committed by an Afghan immigrant on 7 March, 2018 - in the recent days, saying: "We need courageous approaches... The current asylum law will no longer meet the demands of a globalized world." The Austrian government intends to use the EU Presidency in the second half of the year to win alliances in Europe on this issue.[4]

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