Shooting in a school in Russia: at least 8 killed in an attack

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At least eight people were killed and 21 were injured in a shooting at a school in southwest Russia on Tuesday, according to reports.

Local media reported that one or more unidentified assailants opened fire on the school in the Russian city of Kazan.

Rustam Minnikhanov, governor of the Republic of Tatarstan, said four boys and three girls – all eighth graders – died in the attack. Minnikhanov’s press service later added that a teacher was also killed.

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“The terrorist has been arrested, (he is) 19 years old. A gun is registered in his name. Other accomplices have not been established, an investigation is underway,” Minnikhanov said after visiting the school Tuesday.

Earlier, the state-run Russian news agency RIA Novosti reported that 11 people were killed in the shooting, citing local emergency officials.

Officers near the Russian school where two attackers reportedly opened fire on May 11, 2021 (Photo by Yegor AleyevTASS via Getty Images)
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Officers near the Russian school where two attackers reportedly opened fire on May 11, 2021 (Photo by Yegor AleyevTASS via Getty Images)

At least 21 people were hospitalized after the shooting, including 18 children, according to Tatarstan health officials. They added that six of the hospitalized children were in intensive care.

Videos posted on social media appeared to show people jumping out of windows to apparently escape the shooting.

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Images also showed dozens of ambulances lined up in front of the school entrance.

School shootings in Russia are rather rare. However, in recent years there have been several violent attacks on schools, mainly carried out by students.

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Kazan is a city located on the banks of the Volga and Kazanka rivers in southwestern Russia.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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