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Indian Student Attacked In St. Petersburg --> Foreign students stage a rally on April 11 to protest against a series of attacks on foreigners in St. Petersburg (file photo) (epa) April 20, 2006 -- A 23-year-old Indian student has been stabbed and wounded by two unidentified men in the Russian city of St. Petersburg.

A criminal investigation has been opened into the attack, which took place late on April 19.

St. Petersburg has recently been the site of a number of attacks on foreigners, some of them fatal.

(RIA Novosti,

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Yusuf Sultonov, whose 9-year-old daughter was beaten and stabbed to death in St. Petersburg on February 9, 2004 (TASS)

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