2018-03-12 23:02:26 UTC
people on the central street in the Siberian town of Surgut on
Saturday, local news reports and Russian investigators said.
The police later shot and killed the attacker, the Russian
authorities said. The attack raised alarms about an expanding
wave of terrorism in Europe, even as officials said there was no
immediate information on the attackers motive.
On Saturday, the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the
attack through the groups Amaq News Agency.
But Russias Investigative Committee, a law enforcement group,
gave no immediate indication in an initial statement that the
stabbings in the Siberian city, an oil industry hub in the far
north, had any link to terrorism.
In a statement, the Interior Ministry said that the suspect, a
local man, had been tentatively identified and that the
theory that the attack was an act of terrorism is not the main
one. The police said they were investigating the attack as
attempted murder. They were also investigating whether he was
The injured were taken to a hospital, where two were in critical
condition, the state-owned RIA Novosti news agency reported.
Photos shared on social media and in the local news media after
the stabbings showed a body on the ground under a sheet. A news
site, K-Inform, initially reported that three men in masks had
attacked pedestrians with knives, an ax and firearms. It said
one woman was stabbed while standing at an ATM.
But the police mentioned a single attacker: An unknown man
armed with a knife, moving along the central streets of the
city, attacked passers-by, they said.
Witnesses posting updates on Russian social media said a man had
walked through a department store in the city, carrying a knife
and an ax. One said he appeared to be intoxicated. The man then
left the store and attacked pedestrians outside, the posts said.
Surgut, about 1,300 miles east of Moscow, is in the Khanty-
Mansiysk area of Siberia and has a population of more than
The assault came within days of deadly attacks in Spain and
Finland. On Thursday, several attackers in the Spanish cities of
Barcelona and Cambrils killed at least 14 people and wounded
more than 80 others in what officials called a terrorist act.
In Finland on Friday, a man stabbed two people to death and
injured eight others in Turku before he was shot and arrested.
The Finnish authorities said Saturday that they were treating
the killings as a terrorist attack.