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Terrorism in Siberia? Man with 'fake suicide belt' stabs eight, with two in grave condition

By The Siberian Times reporter
19 August 2017

Rampaging knifeman is shot dead by security services after shocking incident in oil city Surgut.

The man appeared to strike out in a random manner at passers-by in central Surgut. Pictures: The Siberian Times 

The  man wielding a knife and wearing a mock suicide belt was named as Artur Gadzhiev, 19, originally from Dagestan, in the Caucasus.

Law enforcement officials were checking whether the incident was a terrorism related attack. 

The man appeared to strike out randomly at passers-by in central Surgut. 

All the victims are alive, but two are reported to be in a grave condition. 

Terrorism in Siberia? Man with 'fake suicide belt' stabs eight, with two in 'grave' condition 


Terrorism in Siberia? Man with 'fake suicide belt' stabs eight, with two in 'grave' condition 


Terrorism in Siberia? Man with 'fake suicide belt' stabs eight, with two in 'grave' condition 

Man with 'fake suicide belt' stabs eight, with two in 'grave' condition. Pictures: K-Inform, The Siberian Times 


Gadzhiev's name was published by Mash, a media seen as close to law enforcement sources. 

He 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. 

The same media earlier published the name Bobichel Abdurakhmanov, 23,  with links to Central Asia as being the identity of the dead knifeman. 

There did not appear to be a man of this name in Surgut. 

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

Some sources said there were more victims, up to 15, with reports of incidents in several parts of the city.  

There were also unconfirmed claims that the attacker had accomplices. 

Terrorism in Siberia? Man with 'fake suicide belt' stabs eight, with two in 'grave' condition 


Terrorism in Siberia? Man with 'fake suicide belt' stabs eight, with two in 'grave' condition 


Terrorism in Siberia? Man with 'fake suicide belt' stabs eight, with two in 'grave' condition 


Terrorism in Siberia? Man with 'fake suicide belt' stabs eight, with two in 'grave' condition 
One of the people wounded by the attacker (top), and the site of the attack. Pictures: The Siberian Times


The attack came at around 11.20am on Saturday in the city, in western Siberia's Khanty-Mansi autonomous region, some 2,100 km east of Moscow. 

Initially there was information that there were two attackers and one of them fled.

Later officials said the attacker was alone. 

'A man was running along the main streets stabbing people", TASS reported.

The Investigative Committee said the attacker was 'liquidated'.

Initially, there was no information as to his identity or motive. Local officials said that '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'.

A criminal case for attempted murder has been opened. 

Terrorism in Siberia? Man with 'fake suicide belt' stabs eight, with two in 'grave' condition 
A source told Lenta.ru that the attacker's behaviour was sometimes described as 'strange' but he was not registered as a person with 'mental problems'.

Local news agency Surgut Inter Novosti suggested the violent incident 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."

There was no immediate official confirmation of this claim. 

Comments (3)

This seems like a jihad terrorist attack...it's happening the world over. Now make sure your government politicians & local ones are honest with yous & say it...as it is. These kind of attacks along with the vehicle attacks that have been used in other countries will be very difficult to police & that's a sad fact in today's world.The war in Syria has given these.sad poor representatives of the Muslim religion an excuse to take avenge on ordinary innocent people going about their daily lives. What they do is totally wrong, but try telling them that. You can't for they are ingrained with hate & forever will be.


I wish all the victims a speedy recovery & hope there are no more crimes like this...but sadly...?!
Jaker, Dundalk
20/08/2017 09:53
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good! and publish that in all and every Media. Russian law does not play, does not negotiate, will not be held hostage. let that be a message to all that scum.
Benedikt MORAK, Moscow
20/08/2017 03:55
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Time is fleeing and a mighty host such as the world never seen before, nor will ever see again is at hand, few man will be left, I say few man will be left its not exaggeration.
Lazar, Moscow
19/08/2017 23:39
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