Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Man stabs 7 at Moscow synagogue


A man wielding a knife wounded seven people in an attack at a synagogue in central Moscow, Russian agencies reported on Wednesday.

"An unknown man burst into a synagogue on Bolshaya Bronnaya street and started to attack the people gathered there with a knife," Itar-Tass news agency quoted a city police source as saying. Police spokesmen declined to comment on the reports.

"Most people have minor wounds, but a lot of them," the source told Tass, adding that the man was now under arrest.

Interfax news agency quoted its own source as saying anti-Semitism could have been behind the attack.

- Ya think?!

An Israeli government report has ranked Russia third after France and Britain for instances of anti-Semitic violence. More than a million Jews left for Israel in the last years of the Soviet Union, but around a million remain.



A man armed with a knife stabbed and wounded 11 worshipers, including three Israelis, in a synagogue in downtown Moscow Wednesday, a police spokesman said.

A spokesman for the Jewish community in Russia said that four were seriously injured in the attack, which occurred around 5:30 P.M. (1430 GMT). The Polyakova Synagogue rabbi Yitzhak Kogen was also among the injured.

But a secretary at the synagogue who gave her first name as Tatyana told AP that the attacker wounded seven people, including several seriously. She said she heard people screaming as the man stabbed them, but the man himself did not appear to say anything.

The man was detained by police and was being questioned, said the officer who did not give his name.

The Interfax news agency said the man was in his 20s and was a Moscow resident. The agency also said four people were seriously wounded in the attack."I saw a man run in. He had a big knife," said one woman who worked in the kitchen at the synagogue and gave only her first name Svetlana. "I saw people lying on the floor, cut by a knife."

She said she had heard the man attacked people in the kitchen where people eating then went upstairs and began to attack people in offices before he was stopped by the synagogue's rabbi and others.She said the man had a knife sheath hanging around his neck.

A woman who answered the phone at the synagogue said she had no information on the attack.

A person identified as an eyewitness told Ekho Moskvyi radio that he overheard the man telling police after he was arrested that "he was killing them."