A man armed with a knife has gone on a rampage attacking passers-by in a Russian city centre.
The Siberian knifeman believed to have been wearing a ‘fake suicide belt’ has been named as Bobichel Abdurakhmanov, 23.
He is believed to have been shot dead by police who arrived at the scene in Surgut after the incident was reported by witnesses.
Eight people have been injured during the knife attacks which reportedly happened in broad daylight, at around 11.20am local time.
It remains unknown what the attacker’s motive was, RT.com reports.
Officials are said to be checking the mental history of Abdurakhmanov, who police shot dead.
Earlier the Russian Investigative Committee said it was looking into “his possible psychiatric disorders”.
But according to unidentified locals, his behaviour was sometimes described as ‘strange’ but he was not registered as a person with ‘mental health problems’.
Police arrived at the scene and stopped the “nightmare” by killing the attacker, pro-surgut.ru reports.
The knifeman has been described as a “local resident” but is believed to have originated from a mainly Muslim ex-Soviet republic, according to reports in Russia including Lenta.ru.
There were also claims that more than one attacker was involved and that the number of victims is higher than officials have disclosed.
It was also alleged that other weapons were used including an axe and stones along with a knife.
People in the city are being asked not to leave their homes unnecessarily.
The attack is thought to have happened in the central area of the city opposite the ‘Mir’ shopping centre.
This comes after two people were killed and six others were injured after a man slashed wildly at pedestrians in the centre of Turku, Finland.
Officers rushed to the scene and shot the suspect in the leg as the horrific incident unfolded yesterday.
One person is reported to have died at the scene in Turku – while another died in hospital. All the victims were adults.
The town is around 140km (about 85 miles) west of the capital Helsinki.
The national police agency in Finland, Central Criminal Police, is now leading the investigation.
Surgut, with a population of about 320,000, is an oil and gas-producing centre 2,100km (1,300 miles) north-east of Moscow, Russia.