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Knife-wielding man wounds seven in Russian Federation

22 August 2017

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) on Saturday has purported responsibility for a stabbing attack in Russian Federation, that has left two people in serious condition, reports ISIL's news agency Amaq.

Russian police are now trying to identify the attacker and determine a motive for the stabbing spree.

The injured were taken to a hospital, where two were in critical condition, the state-owned Russian News & Information Agency reported.

The perpetrators of many attacks have often been inspired by the group's beliefs and acted alone, rather than been directed or organised by an Islamic State network on the ground.

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Investigators have opened a criminal inquiry into attempted murder, not terrorism, with the Investigative Committee's chief Alexander Bastrykin taking the case under his personal control. A news site, K-Inform, initially reported that three men in masks had attacked pedestrians with knives, an ax and firearms. It said armed police called to the scene "liquidated" the attacker following the stabbing on Saturday morning. It said one woman was stabbed while standing at an ATM.

This attack comes a day after an attack on the knife in Finland, where a Moroccan 18-year-old was stabbed to death two people and injured eight others in the city of Turku (south-west).

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.

The stabbings in Russia Saturday follow a deadly ISIS attack in Barcelona, Spain earlier this week.

Knife-wielding man wounds seven in Russian Federation