ISIS has just claimed responsibility for a knife stabbing attack in the Siberian city of Surgut in Russia that left eight people injured. The terror group’s Amaq news agency made the announcement.
The man behind the attack was fatally shot by the police after indiscriminately knifing people on Saturday morning.
Two of those injured who were brought to the hospital for treatment remain in critical condition.
The Russian authorities earlier declined to confirm whether they are considering the incident as terror-related or not, as they said they would also like to keep an open mind as to the motive of the attacker. The government has also asked the public to remain calm after the attack.
There were also initial fears of a second attacker but it police later confirmed that the suspect acted alone. Detectives were considering the stabbings that took place at around 11:20 a.m. local time as attempted murder.
The state news agency initially reported: “A man was running along the main streets stabbing people.”
Surgut located 2,100 km north-east of Moscow is an oil-and-gas-producing center with a population of 320,000.
The knife attack in Surgut came just two days after 14 people were killed in Spain by terrorists who rammed their vehicles into crowds and pedestrians in Barcelona and Cambrils using a van and a car. Terror group ISIS has also claimed responsibility for both attacks. People injured rose to 100 for both incidents.
The stabbing spree that also took place in Finland on Friday and left two people dead was being treated as a terror attack, too. No group has yet to claim responsibility for the knife rampage.
It has become common for ISIS to claim responsibility behind international terror attacks even if they have been carried out by “lone wolves” with no established links to the terror group’s members in terrorism centers Syria and Iraq. At times, such so-called “lone wolves” are considered by the terror group as their sympathizers.