Incident Summary:

08/19/2017: An assailant stabbed civilians in Surgut, Khanty-Mansi, Russia. At least seven people were injured in the attack before police shot and killed the assailant. In a video posted by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), the assailant identified himself as Mas'ud al-Surguti and claimed responsibility for the suicide attack. ISIL earlier claimed that he was a soldier of the group, though law enforcement officials questioned the veracity of this claim. Russian authorities identified the assailant as Artur Gadzhiev.




Eastern Europe

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilians
Nationality of Target Russia
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Unknown Explosive Type
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
Fake Weapons
Weapon Details
An explosive device, a hand axe, a knife, and a fake explosives-laden belt were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?Yes
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information Casualty numbers conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the majority reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) (suspected) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Video)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 7 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 7
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Russia knife attacker wounds seven in Surgut," BBC, August 19, 2017.
"Secret Services Weigh up Whether Surgut Atrocity was a Terrorist Attack after ISIS Claim," Sofia News Agency, August 21, 2017.
"Knife-wielding man wounds seven in Russia," Deutsche Welle, August 19, 2017.