Eight people wounded in knife attack in Russian Federation

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22 August, 2017

Russia's Investigations Committee said it had identified the attacker and was checking his psychological history.

Earlier investigators said that they were looking into the attacker's "possible psychiatric disorders".

Although Russian authorities initially reported that eight people were injured in the attack, the number has since been revised to seven, according to Russian state media.

Fears have surfaced that other weapons were used in the attack, including an axe and stones.

The police said they were investigating the incident as attempted murder.

Later, the identity of the attacker has been revealed; he's a 23-year-old local resident. The police patrol, which arrived at the scene instantly, had to use their weapons against the attacker and killed him.

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Police confirmed four of the victims were in a serious condition. Two have been discharged. The report said one woman was stabbed while standing at an ATM.

"A man was running along the main street stabbing people", the TASS news agency said.

Surgut, about 1,300 miles east of Moscow, is in the Khanty-Mansiysk area of Siberia and has a population of more than 350,000.

It is not believed to be related to terrorism - but Islamic State said it was behind the attack.

The regional government moved to curb panic in the city, insisting the "situation is under the control of the authorities" and calling for calm.


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