A teenage boy has been shot dead by Russian police after stabbing an officer while shouting "Allahu Akbar".

The 16-year-old, armed with a knife and a Molotov cocktail, had also tried to set fire to a police station in Kukmor on Friday.

Russia's Investigative Committee said it was treating the incident as an attempted act of terrorism and had opened a criminal case.

The knifeman reportedly shouted the Arabic phrase for "God is great" and was heard to call officers "infidels" during the attack.

He stabbed the officer at least three times while he was being arrested. The victim was taken to hospital but his wounds are not thought to be life-threatening.

Kukmor is located in Tatarstan, which has a large Muslim population

Police say they fired warning shots into the air before being forced to shoot the teen.

The suspect died of his injuries before medics could arrive on the scene.

Kukmor is located in the region of Tatarstan, which has a Muslim-majority population.

The incident comes the day after a string of Islamic terrorist attacks targeting French citizens.

Three people were killed in a Roman Catholic church in Nice yesterday morning, while a second knifeman was shot dead in Avignon.

Three people were killed - two beheaded - in a terror attack at Notre Dame Basilica on Thursday

Both suspects were heard to scream "Allahu Akbar".

A security guard was also stabbed at the French Consulate in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

It remains unknown if the three incidents were connected.

In response to Friday's violence, President Emmanuel Macron placed France under the maximum terror alert.

President Emmanuel Macron says France is "under attack" by religious extremists

He said the nation was "under attack" by religious extremists, but vowed the French would "not give in to any terror" in fighting for tolerance and freedom of speech.

Earlier this month history teacher Samuel Paty was decapitated by a young Chechen man after showing caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed to his students.

President Macron's fiery response to the gruesome murder prompted anger from Islamic fundamentalists, some of whom vowed to punish France for what they perceive as disrespect to their faith.