Russian police shot and killed a 16-year-old boy in the predominantly Muslim region of Tatarstan after he tried to set fire to a local police station and stabbed to death a policeman, Russian investigators said on Friday.
The Russian investigative committee, which deals with serious crimes, said in a statement that it considers the incident an attempted terrorist act. He has initiated criminal proceedings. The incident, which occurred shortly after midnight local time, left a hospital official with non-life-threatening stab wounds.
According to an official statement by investigators, the teenager allegedly threw at least two Molotov cocktails towards the local police station in Kukmor, 75 miles east of the regional capital Kazan, to set it on fire. He then “tried to escape” before being arrested by a group of officers, investigators said. The boy last stabbed a police officer three times in an attempted arrest, the statement said.
Another police officer fired warning shots in the air before being forced to open fire, the unnamed teenager was said to have died of his wounds before paramedics could arrive on the scene. Investigators have opened a case of an “attempted terrorist attack” and “interference in the life of a law enforcement officer,” the committee said.
The incident occurred the day after three people were killed in an attack in the southern French city of Nice, which President Emmanuel Macron said was an “Islamist terrorist attack. Two died inside the church, a 60-year-old woman who was “practically decapitated” and a 55-year-old man whose throat was cut.
Another woman, 44 years old, fled to a nearby café with several stab wounds, but died shortly afterwards. “Tell my children I love them,” she told those who tried to help her, according to the French media. Two more attacks took place later on Thursday, one in France and one in Saudi Arabia.
A man was shot dead in Montfavet near the southern French city of Avignon after threatening the police with a handgun. While a security guard was attacked outside the French consulate in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. One suspect was arrested and the guard was taken to hospital. Governments around the world have condemned the attack on the church in Nice, including France’s European neighbors, the United States, Turkey, Egypt, Qatar and Lebanon.
Following the truck attacks on Charlie Hebdo, Bataclan and Nice and the murder of Jacques Hamel, 85, a beloved French priest murdered in his church in Normandy, the terrorist threat in France is as high today as it was in 2015 and 2016.