Indian student killed in St Petersburg, Russia

Moscow, Sept 26. (UNI): An Indian medical student was killed by unidentified assailants in Russia’s northern city of St Petersburg, recently rocked by a series of racial attacks on expatriates by neo-Nazi group Skinheads, Russia news agencies reported on Monday.

“Four unidentified assailants stabbed an Indian citizen, a sixth-year student at the St Petersburg Mechnikov Medical Academy, who later died of his wounds in the hospital,” a police official told RIA Novosti news agency, without giving details.

The Indian student was attacked on Sunday evening. An investigation has been launched and a special operation is under way to track down the assailants, the police informed.

St Petersburg, the hometown of President Vladimir Putin, has experienced an unprecedented wave of racially motivated attacks on foreign citizens, especially from Asian and African countries, this year.

Earlier, St Petersburg prosecutor Sergei Zaitsev said an eight-member extremist gang suspected of being involved in the killing of a student from Senegal and other crimes had been busted.

Routine attacks by Skinheads and youth gangs on foreigners have also been reported from other Russian cities, including the Russian Capital.

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