A knife-wielding man has stabbed a total of eight persons on the street in Russia‘s far northern city of Surgut.
Investigators confirmed on Saturday that the attacker was later shot dead by the police.
Russian police said armed police officials arrived the scene and used their weapons to ‘liquidate’ him.
Russia’s Investigative Committee, which probes major crimes, said the deceased carried out series of violent attacks on passers-by, “causing stab wounds to eight” while “moving along central streets of the city” at around 11:20 am local time (06:20 GMT).
The incident took place in a city some 2,100 kilometres (1,330 miles) northeast of Moscow in the oil-rich Khanty-Mansi region.
Two of the victims suffered life-threatening injuries while five others are in a stable condition, the government of the Khanty-Mansi region said in a statement, calling the attacker so far “unidentified.”
The government advised its citizens to remain calm over the incident in order to grant investigators a peaceful atmosphere to do their job.
It also recommended that citizens should promptly release all useful and reliable information on the “killer” while the police continue with investigations until all the circumstances are established.
Footage on social YouTube shows a police officer standing over what appears to be the body of the suspect lying on a path in a park.
Police officers are attempting to establish the attacker’s motive and are investigating claims he was mentally ill.