The latest in a string of ISIS-inspired terrorist attacks has taken place in the Russian city of Surgut. Police say that around 11:20 a.m. on Saturday a man armed with a knife stabbed multiple people in the streets before police shot him dead.
Police first responded to the attacker by firing a warning shot before they tried to arrest him, but when he resisted, he was “liquidated” by gunfire, police told reporters.
Seven innocent passersby were wounded by the terrorist and needed medical treatment, according to Russian state media. Two are reportedly in serious condition. The attacker was the only one killed.
Authorities claim they have identified the knife-wielding terrorist, whom they initially considered to be mentally ill.
However, the stabbings come after a deadly ISIS attack in Barcelona, Spain on Thursday. It’s been reported that an organized terrorist cell pulled off two planned truck attacks in a popular tourist town, killing a total of 14 people and injuring many others.
The Russian attacker has been identified as a young man believed to be in his early 20s. Authorities initially dismissed terrorism as the motive, but since then, the Islamic State’s Amaq News Agency has claimed responsibility for the attack, according to the SITE Intel Group, which monitors jihadi activity worldwide.
— SITE Intel Group (@siteintelgroup) August 19, 2017
Russian news agency TASS came out with an early report stating that police believed the attacker was suffering from a “mental disorder” as he attacked pedestrians apparently at random. Russian police said in a statement: “an unidentified man ran along the city’s central streets and stabbed pedestrians, injuring eight.”
Surgut is a large Siberian city, located 1,700 miles East of Moscow. The area sports a number of power plants, as well as oil and gas processing plants.
On Friday, Finland saw two killed and several injured after a knife attack which is now being treated as terrorism.
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