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Kazan: The attacker shoots nine people at a Russian school

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An attacker attacked a school in Kazan, Russia. At least seven children were reportedly killed. Six people are seriously injured. The shooter was arrested.

  • A school was attacked in Kazan, Russia. Nine people were killed.

  • A 19 year old was arrested. It is a former student.

  • Most of the victims were eighth grade students.

Nine people were killed in an armed attack on a school in the Russian city of Kazan. The young man broke into school no. 175 in the city of Kazan on Tuesday morning and shot around. The perpetrator was arrested only after about an hour. Video footage showed people jumping out of windows on the second and third floors of the school to get away from the attacker.

The authorities in the Republic of Tatarstan initially ruled out a terrorist background. A 19 year old was arrested. According to the authorities, it was a lone perpetrator. His motives were initially unclear. According to reports, he had announced the act on his user account at Messenger Telegram.

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Most of the victims were eighth grade students at School No. 175, who had their second lesson on Tuesday in the city of Kazan. According to the governor of the region, four boys and three girls are among those killed. In addition, two employees were killed, including a teacher.

Schütze had only received a gun license in April

The students were taken out of school - including to a neighboring kindergarten. On-site videos could be seen of ambulances and police vehicles speeding towards the school with flashing lights and sirens. People stood in front of the building and watched the situation. Later the school was cordoned off on a large scale. Kazan is located about 720 kilometers east of Moscow. In Russia, schools did not start until Tuesday after more than a week's vacation.

According to the authorities, the weapon used was registered on the young man. He is said to have only received his gun license in April. The regional authorities rejected intermittent reports of a second attacker.

More people injured, schools across the country on alert

Around 20 people were taken to hospitals, some seriously injured. According to the regional ministry of education, there are 18 children between the ages of seven and 15 among them. The citizens of Tatarstan were asked to donate additional blood. According to Deputy Prime Minister Tatiana Golikova, medical personnel were flown to the Muslim republic.

The head of the Republic of Tatarstan, Rustam Minnichanow, spoke of a “great tragedy”. He called the perpetrator a "terrorist". First of all, an anti-terrorist mission was also proclaimed. In the afternoon, however, there was no longer any suspicion of terrorism. As the investigative committee announced, criminal proceedings for murder have been initiated against the young man.

The act caused horror across the country. In the capital, Moscow, government representatives and State Duma deputies observed the victims with a minute's silence. The Ministry of Education recommended that all Russian schools increase security. To this end, "additional measures" should be taken, it said.

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