Man Goes On Stabbing Rampage In Russia, Wounds 7

On August 19, a man stabbed seven people in downtown Surgut, all those injured were rushed to hospital. No motive has been established yet, police sources informed.

Russia's Investigative Committee, which handles major crimes, said a man in Surgut had "carried out attacks on passers-by, causing stab wounds". However, Russian officials stopped short of describing the incident as terrorism and also disputed the jihadists' claim. A criminal case was initiated under the article "attempted murder".

Police killed the five attackers, some of whom were wearing fake explosive belts.

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The knife attack in Surgut comes just a day after an 18-year-old Moroccan asylum seeker deliberately targeted women in a stabbing spree that left two dead in the Finnish city of Turku on Friday. She said one victim was fighting for his life.

The city lies some 2,100 kilometres (1,330 miles) northeast of Moscow in the oil-rich Khanty-Mansi region.

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

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The region's governor was flying out to the city to hold a meeting with investigators, regional authorities said.

The Islamic State's Aamaq news agency hours later claimed the attacker was "an Islamic State soldier".

The mayor of Sourgout, Vadim Shuvalov, has called in a video message to the inhabitants of this city of western Siberia to "keep them quiet", ensuring that the police controlled the situation.

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