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8 injured in multiple stabbing in Russia

The incident is not thought to be terrorism-related.

19 August 2017, 2:53pm
Credit: ВАСЯ АЛЛИБАБАЕВИЧ/YouTube
Credit: ВАСЯ АЛЛИБАБАЕВИЧ/YouTube
A man has stabbed eight people on the street in Russia's far northern city of Surgut before being shot by police. It is believed that the man suffered from psychiatric problems.

Although the Russian authorities are denying that the incident was terrorism related, comparisons are to be expected with similarly executed confirmed terrorist attacks in European cities this week.

The male attacker, who was reported to be wearing a fake suicide belt,  "carried out attacks on passers-by, causing stab wounds to eight" while "moving along central streets of the city" at around 11:20 am local time, according to Russia's Investigative Committee, which investigates major crimes.
Two of those stabbed are in a serious condition while five more are in a stable condition, the government of the Khanty-Mansi region said in a statement, calling the attacker so far "unidentified."


The Committee is reported as saying that armed police used their weapons on the attacker and "liquidated" him.
The government of the Khanty-Mansi region released a statement saying that two of the victims are in a serious condition, with another five stabbing victims remaining in a stable condition. The attacker was so far "unidentified, " it said.
The incident took place in a city in the oil-rich Khanty-Mansi region, some 1,330 miles northeast of Moscow.
But after identifying the attacker, the authorities said terrorism was not the main thrust of the police investigation. "The version that the attack was a terrorist one is not the main one," the interior ministry's press service told reporters, saying that the attacker had been identified and may have suffered from psychiatric disorders.
It called for calm over the incident, saying that "in the interests of public calm and also of the investigation, citizens and media are recommended to use reliable information in assessing the situation until all the circumstances are established."