Moment Knifeman Wearing A Fake Suicide Vest Flees After Stabbing Eight People

From Daily-Mail:
A teenage knifeman wearing a fake suicide belt wounded at least eight people in a frenzied attack in a Russia this morning.

The attacker, named locally as 19-year-old Artur Gadzhiev, was shot dead by police in a busy main street in Surgut, central Russia, at about 11.20am local time.

He is believed to be from Dagestan, a strongly Muslim region of Russia in the Caucasus.

Gadzhiev's father Lametulakh was reported to be registered with Russian police as an 'extremist' and 'supporter' of radical Islam.

Shocking CCTV shows people fleeing for their lives as the attacker rampaged outside shops in the city.

Footage shows him running by a pavilion and throwing something away before he was shot dead.

At least two people are fighting for their lives, while another five were hospitalised in the stabbing spree, authorities said.

However witnesses claimed that the number of victims could be much higher.

The attacker was originally named as Bobichel Abdurakhmanov but his 'real name' was later reported by Mash, a media seen as close to law enforcement sources, and quickly reported by mainstream Russian news sources, including state media.

There was no immediate separate confirmation from the authorities. Gadzhiev was from Khasavyurt town, and it was unclear why he was in Surgut.

He was reported to be a supporter of Zenit St Petersburg and Manchester United football clubs.

His behaviour was sometimes described as 'strange' but he was not registered as a person with 'mental problems', according to unidentified locals.

Earlier the Russian Investigative Committee said it was looking into 'his possible psychiatric disorders'.

But local news agency, Surgut Inter Novosti, suggested the violent attack was larger than the authorities had initially revealed.

'According to witnesses, unknown people threw a Molotov cocktail bottle inside 'Severny' shop, then they attacked a woman with an axe near a cash machine.

'More than 10 people with injuries have been taken into emergency care.'

But there was no immediate official confirmation of this claim.

The knifeman 'carried out attacks on passers-by, causing stab wounds to eight,' Russia's Investigative Committee, which probes major crimes said.

The spokesman added that armed police 'liquidated' the attacker.

Nobody was killed in the assault but victims needed immediate medical treatment, said officers.

At least two of the victims were fighting for their lives while five more were in a stable condition, the government of the Khanty-Mansi region said in a statement.

There were reports that more than one attacker was involved and that the number of victims was higher than officials have disclosed, but these claims have not been verified.

The attacker may have suffered from a psychiatric disorder, the interior ministry said.

'The version that the attack was a terrorist one is not the main one,' the interior ministry added.

'In the interests of public calm and also of the investigation, citizens and media are recommended to use reliable information in assessing the situation until all the circumstances are established.'

Surgut is the largest city of the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Area region with a population of around 350,000.

It is a major centre for oil and gas production in the country.

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