Terrorist from Surgut worked as guard in supermarket
First, 19-year-old Artur Gadzhiev tried to set fire to the Severny shopping center, then he began to attack the visitors with an ax and a knife, and later, after running outside, he stabbed random people in the street. Four out of the seven wounded are severely injured.
Surgut residents recognized the criminal, who staged the massacre and was eliminated by the police on August 19, as a guard of the local Perekrestok supermarket located at 11 Igorya Kirtbaya Street.
A TV journalist and operator of the Khryushi Against Surgut NGO (against fraud in retail chains) Ales Antonovich identified the victim after seeing his photo in the media. Antonovich published a corresponding post along with a screenshot from a video clip made during an activists’ raid of the store on his page in the VKontakte social network.
It is noteworthy that Antonovich critically reacted to the earlier version of the Ministry of Internal Affairs in the Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous District that the offender could have suffered from a mental illness.
"Deranged?! Are you serious?! Watch the video yourself and make sure he is completely sane.
Failed robbery? You're kidding me? He had worn that fake shahid belt to rob people? It chills me to the bone that such people are among us, and there's no way to expose them. I myself denied that this guy and the attacker were the same person to the very end," the social activist said.
To recall, 19-year-old Surgut resident Artur Gadzhiev was killed by a police officer during his detention on August 19. According to siloviki's lead, shortly before his death, Gadzhiev attacked seven random passersby, including visitors of the Severny shopping center, wounding them with a knife and an ax.
A fake suicide bomber’s belt was found on the dead man's body
In addition, the shopping center's CCTV cameras picked up the young man trying to commit arson of the facility. He first poured a combustible liquid in the corridor, and then set it on fire.
The media had initially reported that the criminal shot by law enforcers, on whose body a fake suicide bomber’s belt was found, was a native of Central Asia Bobichel Abdurakhmanov. However, later it became known that the attacker was a Dagestan native and resident of Surgut, Artur Gadzhiev. According to the Investigative Committee, he was born in 1998.
It should be noted that yesterday, SITE Intelligence Group, citing the information agency Amaq controlled by the Islamic State, reported that the organization in question had assumed responsibility for the attack on Surgut residents. Earlier, the Mash community reported that the father of the deceased, Lametulakh Gadzhiev, was registered as an extremist and follower of radical religious movements.
Shopping center employees clean the building after the arson
According to URA.RU's source in the law enforcement bodies of the Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous District, the terrorist arrived in the city center by car, accompanied by other people in masks. The unknown persons left the car near the Severny shopping center and dispersed among the crowd. Then, according to eyewitnesses, one of them broke into the building and threw a package. Then the attacker struck an elderly woman with an ax and fled to the direction of the Avrora cinema. The publication also notes that soldiers of the National Guard of Russia have detained the alleged accomplice of the dead and are already questioning him. However, this information has not been officially confirmed.
According to Spokeswoman of the Investigative Committee Svetlana Petrenko, the case initiated under part 3 of Art. 30 and part 1 of Art. 105 of the Russian Criminal Code (Attempted murder of two or more persons) has been referred to the ICR Main Investigations Directorate due to a "wide public response." Previously, Head of the Investigative Committee of Russia Aleksandr Bastrykin had taken personal charge of this case.
Video 1: Neutralization of terrorist, Surgut
Video 2: Terrorist sets fire to a building in Surgut