Russia school shooting leaves at least 7 pupils dead

A school shooting on Tuesday morning in the Russian city of Kazan resulted in the death of at least 7 pupils and 21 other people being taken to hospital with wounds.

Russian media said some students were able to escape the building during the attack, while others were trapped inside. Students were eventually evacuated to nearby kindergartens and collected by their families.

Dozens of ambulances lined up at the entrance to the school after the attack, with access to the building fenced off by police.

Authorities said additional security measures were immediately put into place in all schools in Kazan, a city 700 kilometres (430 miles) east of Moscow. They also announced a day of mourning on Wednesday to honour the victims of the shooting.

Rustam Minnikhanov, governor of the Tatarstan republic which has Kazan as its capital, said that four male and three female eighth-grade students died in the shooting. Mr Minnikhanov’s press service later said a teacher was also killed.

“The terrorist has been arrested, [he is] 19 years old. A firearm is registered in his name. Other accomplices haven’t been established, an investigation is underway,” Mr Minnikhanov said, after visiting the school on Tuesday.

According to Tatarstan health officials, 21 people were hospitalised with wounds after the attack, including 18 children, six of whom were in intensive care.

Russia’s state RIA Novosti news agency reported earlier that 11 people had been killed in the Kazan school shooting, citing local emergency officials. There was no way to immediately reconcile the differing death tolls.

Some Russian news agencies reported that two teenage gunmen were involved and others said a sole shooter was responsible.

While school shootings are relatively rare in Russia, there have been several violent attacks at schools in recent years, mostly carried out by students.

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