8 people stabbed in Russia, ISIS claims responsibility

Saul Bowman
August 22, 2017

On Saturday, a knife attacker stabbed eight people on the street of Surgut city of Northern Russia before being shot by police, investigators said.

Investigators and criminologists are now working at the scene, and a criminal case has been launched, said the previous statement.

Telegram public channel Mash also reported that Gadzhiev's father, Lametulakh, was known to police as an "extremist" and "supporter" of radical Islam.

Regional authorities are assisting the injured, of whom two are in critical conditions, local health authorities said.

Other claims that have also emerged locally said the suspect could have worked as security guard at a Surgut supermarket.

"The severity of injuries of four people is classified as heavy".

Law enforcement officers arrived at the scene.

Although Russian news outlets reported the attack wasn't terror related, ISIS later claimed responsibility for the attack.

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

Surgut is the capital of the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Area, a region east of the Urals which is the center of Russia's oil and gas production industry.

But after identifying the attacker, the authorities said terrorism was not the main thrust of the police investigation.

Later, the identity of the attacker has been revealed; he's a 23-year-old local resident.

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