Incident Summary:

03/12/2018: An assailant stabbed an Austrian soldier near the Iranian Embassy in Vienna, Austria. The soldier was wounded and the assailant was killed. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources identified the assailant as Mohamed El-M and stated that he was a member of a Facebook group that called for the release of Sunni detainees in Iran.




Western Europe

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred near the Iranian Embassy

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Austrian Land Forces
Specific Description Soldier
Nationality of Target Austria
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) No
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Muslim extremists No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 1 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 1
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Two Iran embassies in Europe targeted: Austrian soldier stabbed in Vienna; attacker shot dead.," Iran Times International (Washington, DC), March 16, 2018.
"Vienna Knife Attacker ‘Had Sympathy For Political Islam’," Radio Free Europe, March 13, 2018.
"Knife attacker gunned down by Austrian police outside Iranian envoy’s residence," Armenpress, March 12, 2018.