Published: Sat, August 19, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

Eight people stabbed in Siberian city of Surgut

Eight people stabbed in Siberian city of Surgut

Russia's Investigations Committee said it had identified the attacker and was checking his psychological history.

No motive for the attack has been reported.

According to Russia Today, the stabbing incident occurred at around 11:20 hours local time (06:20 GMT). Authorities Saturday said the incident was being treated as a terror attack, with an 18-year-old Moroccan shot in the leg by police now in custody.

"The committee is investigating attempted murder", the spokeswoman for the committee told Reuters by phone, adding she would not comment on whether the incident was terrorism related.

The police were also trying to verify claims that the attacker was suffering from some mental illness, reports said.

There have been no reported fatalities among the victims, but those hurt did require urgent medical treatment having suffered injuries of "varying severity", officers 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. It has a population of over 360,000 and is a major centre for oil and gas extraction in Russian Federation.

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