3 Foreigners Stabbed To Death In Moscow

Three foreigners were stabbed to death over the course of three days in a spate of attacks resembling hate crimes in Moscow.

Unidentified assailants attacked a Cameroonian man Saturday in northeastern Moscow, inflicting several fatal knife wounds, RIA-Novosti cited a police source as saying.

The victim, who was not identified by investigators, was attacked in a park on Ulitsa Kibalchicha and later died in a hospital.

Witnesses said he was attacked by three men and was stabbed four times in the back, RIA-Novosti reported.

Calls to the Cameroonian Embassy for comment went unanswered Sunday.

An Investigative Committee spokeswoman said no information was being released about the crime.

On Friday, 20-year-old Tang Quoc Binh, a Vietnamese student at the State University of Management, died in a Moscow hospital of stab wounds to his chest and stomach, the Investigative Committee said in a statement.

The student was found in Stremyanny Pereulok, near the Paveletsky Station, a police spokesman said.

The victim phoned a friend after the attack and said a stranger had approached him on the street and stabbed him, Interfax reported.

Murder investigations have been opened in both cases.

Investigators are looking into whether the attacks were racially motivated, RIA-Novosti cited an Investigative Committee spokeswoman as saying.

On Thursday, a 26-year-old Uzbek man was stabbed to death in southern Moscow, Interfax reported.

He died in the hospital from stab wounds to his chest and back.

In the Novosibirsk region, meanwhile, four skinheads went on trial on Sunday for the racially motivated murder of a Turkish citizen, Interfax reported.

Eslen Mekhmet, a manual laborer in Novosibirsk, was beaten to death with a baseball bat in January 2008, Interfax said.

Three of the suspects on trial for the crime are minors.

Prosecutors say the attackers filmed the murder with a cell phone camera and that notebooks decorated with swastikas and Nazi-themed poetry were discovered at the suspects' homes, RIA-Novosti reported.

Two of the suspects are also on trial for attacking and injuring a second victim, a native of Kyrgyzstan, the report said.