Knife-wielding attacker in ‘fake suicide belt’ leaves eight injured before he’s shot dead by cops

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.

Masked knife-wielding thugs go on rampage in city centre injuring at least 10 people
Masked knife-wielding thugs have allegedly gone on a rampage in a city centre in Russia
Masked knife-wielding thugs go on rampage
The incident allegedly happened in Surgut

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.

A KNIFEMAN wearing a fake suicide belt has been shot dead by police after stabbing seven people in Russia.
The man was gunned down by cops after going on a horrific stabbing spree in Surgut on Saturday.
The knifeman is thought to have been wearing a fake suicide belt
A KNIFEMAN wearing a fake suicide belt has been shot dead by police after stabbing seven people in Russia.
The man was gunned down by cops after going on a horrific stabbing spree in Surgut on Saturday.
A knifeman was allegedly wearing a fake suicide belt
Images believed to show the attack have emerged
CCTV footage believed to show the attacker
A KNIFEMAN wearing a fake suicide belt has been shot dead by police after stabbing seven people in Russia.
The man was gunned down by cops after going on a horrific stabbing spree in Surgut on Saturday.
The scene of the incident in Surgut

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.

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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.

Masked knife-wielding thugs go on rampage in city centre injuring at least 10 people
A man allegedly went on a rampage in Surgut
Masked knife-wielding thugs go on rampage in city centre injuring at least 10 people
Police were called to the scene after being alerted by witnesses
A map shows Surgut, Russia, where the attack happened
The incident happened in Surgut

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.