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Russian Knife Attacker Stabs and Wounds at Least 7 in Siberia

The Russian Interior Ministry issued a statement saying that the suspect, a local man, had been “tentatively identified” and that “the theory that the attack was an act of terrorism is not the main one.”

The police said they were investigating the incident as attempted murder. They were also investigating whether he was mentally ill.

The injured were taken to a hospital, where two were in a critical condition, the state-owned RIA Novosti news agency reported.

Photos shared on social media and in the local news media after the stabbings showed a body on the ground under a white sheet. A local news site, K-Inform, initially reported that three men in masks had attacked pedestrians with knives, an ax and firearms. The report said one woman was stabbed while standing at an ATM.

But the police mentioned a single attacker: “An unknown man armed with a knife, moving along the central streets of the city, attacked passers-by,” the statement said.

Witnesses posting updates on Russian social media said a man had walked through a department store in the city, carrying a knife and an ax. One said he appeared intoxicated. The man then left the store and attacked pedestrians outside, the posts 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.

Source: NYT > World

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