Attacker 'liquidated' by Russian police after stabbing spree

Aug 22, 2017, 00:46
Attacker 'liquidated' by Russian police after stabbing spree

ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack in the remote city of Surgut along with the attacks in Spain that killed 14 through its Amaq propaganda agency, calling the attacker "a soldier of the Islamic State".

"At the moment, the investigation is verifying all possible causes of the crime", Petrenko said.

The police later shot and killed the attacker, Russian authorities said.

A statement from Russia's Investigative Committee said the mid-day attack on a central street in Surgut said the suspect had been identified as a resident in his early 20s.

But there was no immediate official confirmation of this claim. One person sustained light injuries and was not hospitalized. No motive has been established yet, police sources informed. It said that armed police then arrived and used their weapons on the attacker and "liquidated" him.

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At least two of the victims were fighting for their lives while five more were in a stable condition, the government of the Khanty-Mansi region said in a statement. The report said one woman was stabbed while standing at an ATM.

A shopping center located not far from the place of the attack was evacuated, said the director to the press agency TASS.

Surgut has a population of around 350,000 and is a major oil and gas hub, 1,300 miles northeast of Moscow.

Authorities say they are treating the attack as attempted murder but have refused to say whether the incident is terrorism related. It has a population of over 360,000 and is a major centre for oil and gas extraction in Russian Federation.

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