By: Savannah Smith | 08-18-2017 | News
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Man Goes on Stabbing Spree in a Russian City Surgut, Leaving 8 People Injured

The Siberian city of Surgut, Russia has been hit by a knife attack leaving eight people injured, according to reports from Russian media. Authorities say nobody was killed.

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The local office of the Russia law enforcement committee reported: “A man was running along the main streets stabbing people.” The law enforcement committee also said on its website that “the attacker has been killed.” The suspect was shot by the police.

The Russian state-owned RIA Novosti agency also said that two people brought to the hospital are in critical condition. Five more people brought for treatment are in stable condition.

The indiscriminate stabbing incident happened at about 11:20 a.m. local time as reported by Russia Today.

Surgut is an oil-and-gas producing center 2,100 km northeast of Moscow with a population of about 320,000.

The government has yet to declare whether the incident is being considered as terror-related or identify a motive behind the incident. It has, however, called for calm over the incident, asking “citizens and media… to use reliable information in assessing the situation until all the circumstances are established.”

The Surgut stabbing spree comes less than 24 hours after an 18-year-old Moroccan national was arrested in Finland for being a suspect in the killing of two people in a knife attack in the city of Turku on Friday. Earlier this week, Barcelona was hit by a terror attack when a vehicle rammed into crowds leaving at least 13 people dead and dozens of others injured.


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