Ufa, November 19, Interfax - A local resident burst into a police station in the town of Oktyabrsky in the Russian Republic of Bashkortostan and stabbed two police officers with a knife.
"Late on November 18, an unknown man shouting "Allah Akbar" broke into Oktyabrsky's police station and stabbed Police Senior Lieutenant Vilmir Minnikhanov, born in 1980, who was guarding the entrance to the building, with a knife. The policeman sustained stab wounds to the neck, the chest and the left forearm," a spokesman for Bashkortostan's Interior Ministry told Interfax on Friday.
The attacker tried to flee, but he was stopped by other officers in the yard of the police station, after which he slightly injured one more policeman, the spokesman said.
The police officers then managed to seize the knife from the man.
Minnikhanov was taken to a hospital.
Investigators do not rule out that the crime could have been motivated by religion because a note saying "Oktyabrsky and the whole of the world must be ruled by Allah's law" was confiscated from the attacker.
Measures will also be taken to determine whether the man is sane or insane, the spokesman said.
A criminal case has already been opened based on attempted murder charges.
"The detained man has already admitted to deliberately planning to kill any police officer because, as he said, they [police] do not allow people to live under Sharia law," Bashkortostan Deputy Interior Minister Ruslan Sharafutdinov told Interfax.
The attacker does not suffer from any psychiatric disorders, but he has regularly been undergoing neurosurgical treatment, Sharafutdinov said.
Numerous religious books confiscated from the man's apartment will be examined by specialists to determine whether or not they contain any extremist ideas, the minister said.
The man was involved with religious extremist cell members active in Oktyabrsky and the Askino and Alsheyevsky districts who were neutralized in mid-2010, he said.
"We view the attack on the police station as a kind of revenge for law enforcement services' effective fight against extremism in the republic," Sharafutdinov said.