Boy, 16, screaming ‘Allahu Akbar’ is shot dead by cops after knife attack on police officer in Muslim-majority Russian region
- The boy was armed with a knife and Molotov cocktail at Tatarstan police station
- He stabbed a police officer three times before another officer shot him dead
- Russian investigators said they were treating the attack as attempted terrorism
A knifeman shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’ was shot dead by police after stabbing an officer and trying to set fire to a police station in a Muslim-majority region of Russia today.
The 16-year-old was armed with a knife and a Molotov cocktail and inflicted multiple wounds on a police officer before being shot dead in Kukmor.
Local media named the teenage attacker as Vitaly Antopov.
Russia’s Investigative Committee said it was treating the incident as an attempted act of terrorism and had opened a criminal case.
Russian news agency Interfax said the man had shouted ‘Allahu Akbar’ and called police ‘infidels’ during his assault in the region of Tatarstan.
Vitaly Antopov was armed with a knife and a Molotov cocktail and inflicted multiple wounds on a police officer before being shot dead in Kukmor
The attack took place in Kukmor in Russia’s Muslim-majority region of Tatarstan
Investigators said the teenager had tried to set fire to a district police building and stabbed the police officer while being arrested.
He is said to have screamed ‘I am going to kill you all’ as he stabbed an officer three times in the hip and arm.
Another police officer had fired warning shots into the air before being forced to open fire, officials said, saying the teenager had died of his wounds before medics could arrive on the scene.
The injured officer was stabbed at least three times and taken to hospital but his life was not thought to be in danger.
Investigators have opened a case into an ‘attempted terrorist act’ and ‘encroachment on the life of a law enforcement officer’, the committee said.
Antipov was reported to be from the Altai region in Siberia and had a job working in a halal cafe named Barakat.
Its owner Marat Zamaleev had served 14 years for sabotage and the Illegal manufacture of weapons.
Police in Russia shot dead a 16-year-old teenager in the Muslim-majority Tatarstan region (file photo) after he stabbed an officer and tried to set fire to a local police station