Man knifes several worshipers in central Moscow synagogue

MOSCOW – A man armed with a knife stabbed and wounded several people in a synagogue in downtown Moscow Wednesday, a police spokesman said. A duty officer with the Central Moscow district police precinct told The Associated Press that at least six people had been hospitalized in the attack at the Polyakova Synagogue, which occurred around 5:30 P.M. (1430 GMT). 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.”