A knife attacker who stabbed eight people on the street in Russia’s far northern city of Surgut has been shot by the police.
According to investigators who revealed this on Saturday, the attacker carried out attacks on passers-by, causing stab wounds to eight.
Russia’s Investigative Committee, which probes major crimes added that armed police later “liquidated” the attacker.
According to the Russian media, the knife attacks happened at around 11:20am local time. Nobody was killed, but the victims of the violence required medical treatment, the report said.
The attacker was shot dead by a police patrol responding to the emergency report by witnesses. The man resisted an attempt to arrest him even after a warning shot was fired in the air, the Investigative Committee reported.
The attacker was identified as a Surgut resident in his early 20s.
The Surgut police are trying to establish the motive for his stabbing spree.
Investigators are currently trying to verify a claim that the attacker suffered from a mental illness, the police told TASS.
Investigators do not view terrorism as a primary possible motive at the moment, the local police press service told Interfax.
Surgut is the largest city and provincial capital of the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Area, east of the Ural Mountains. It has a population of over 360,000 and remains a major center for oil and gas production in Russia.
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