Iran urges Austria to pursue attack case on Iranian embassy quickly


Tehran (ISNA) – Iranian foreign ministry spokesman announced that the Austrian police are supposed to release additional information on the attack to the Iranian ambassador’s residence in Vienna in the next few hours, urging Austrian government to pursue this case as soon as possible.

During a phone call between Iranian foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi and Iranian ambassador to Vienna, it was announced that no damage had been reported on the ambassador’s residence following the attack.

“According to the preliminary reports, a 26-year-old man a 26-year-old Austrian national, whose identity and motive for the attack are as of yet unknown, attacked to the Iranian ambassador’s home in Vienna around 23:30 pm,” Qassemi said.

“The attacker died on the spot after a soldier, who was standing guard outside the building, opened fire,” he added.

“Immediately afterwards, the Austrian police came to the scene and the soldier was transported to the hospital,” Qassemi went on to say.

“The identity of the attacker is as of yet unknown and Austrian police are investigating the case and it is expected that in the next few hours additional information provided to us,” the spokesman said.

Ghasemi also referred to some speculations that the assailant, who was shot dead “on the spot”, was a foreigner with an Austrian nationality, saying “we have called on the Austrian government to follow up on the case as soon as possible and pay closer attention to the safety of Iran’s diplomatic missions in this country”.

“We are in contact with Austrian authorities in Tehran and Vienna, and hope that the Austrian police and security officials will soon reach a conclusion on the investigations that they opened on the case since last night,” he added.

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