Knife Attacker In Russian City Injures Eight

Frederick Owens
August 19, 2017

An unidentified man armed with a knife injured eight people in downtown Surgut on Saturday, the Russian Investigative Committee's investigative department for the Khanty-Mansi autonomous district said.

"A man was running along the main streets stabbing people", the TASS news agency reported.

None of the victims have died - however two are in a serious condition.

News outlet Russia Today reported the attack happened at about 11:20 local time (06:20 GMT).

The attacker has been shot dead by a police patrol, according to reports.

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The assailant "carried out attacks on passers-by, causing stab wounds to eight" while "moving along central streets of the city", the committee said.

These images were posted on Russian social media, allegedly showing scenes of the violence in Surgut.

Police officers are attempting to establish the attacker's motive and are investigating claims he was mentally ill.

Surgut, a comparatively large Siberian city 1,700 miles East of Moscow is home to a number of power plants, as well as oil and gas processing plants.

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