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Russian Knife Attacker Injures Eight People

Russian Knife Attacker Injures Eight People

The attack happened around 10:20 a.m. local time.

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 Investigative Committee has opened criminal proceedings.

"A man was moving along the main streets stabbing people", the local law enforcement committee in Surgut said in a statement on its website.

Police killed the five attackers, some of whom were wearing fake explosive belts.

Regional officials said seven people were taken to hospital, with the figure confirmed by investigators, who lowered an earlier toll of eight wounded.

An attacker was killed by police after knifing people in the Siberian city Surgut on Saturday morning.

"The version that the attack was a terrorist one is not the main one", Russia's interior ministry told Interax news agency. Information on the man's possible mental disorders will be verified, the committee said.

Police are now trying to verify the identity of the attacker and his motive for the crime.

Surgut is the largest city and provincial capital of the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Area, east of the Ural Mountains in central Russian Federation.


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