Police in Russia shot dead a 16-year-previous teenager in the Muslim-majority Tatarstan region when he tried to line fire to a native police station and stabbed a police officer, Russian investigators said on Friday.
Russia’s Investigative Committee, which handles major crimes, said in a statement it had been treating the incident as a tried act of terrorism and had opened a criminal case.
According to an official statement by state investigators, the alleged assailant threw at least two Molotov cocktails in the direction of the native police station in Kukmor, 75 miles east from the regional capital Kazan, and also the adjacent parking lot. The teenager then “attempted to run away” before being apprehended by a cluster of officers.
“The young man faced to react to repeated demands to prevent his actions,” the statement reads. “During the arrest, he actively resisted and stabbed one officer multiple times. Taking into consideration his aggressive behavior… officers used standard-issue weapons.
It wasn’t immediately clear what the teenager’s motive for such an attack was.
He stabbed the officer a minimum of 3 times during the night-time attack within the city of Kukmor, Russia’s top investigative agency said in an exceeding statement.
“The other policeman, when warning shots, was forced to shoot to kill. As a result of the injuries, the attacker died before the arrival of medical personnel,” the Investigative Committee said.
The Russian news agency Interfax reported that the boy had been trying to set hearth to a police station before the officers intervened.
The policeman is recovering in hospital.
Baza, an unofficial social media channel related to law enforcement, later claimed to spot the young man as 16-year-recent Vitaly Antipov.
The same channel recommended the young man shouted “God will save me, unbelievers, Allahu Akhbar” and recorded a social media post “calling for jihad” shortly before attacking the station.
Tatarstan is located some 500 miles east of Moscow.