Seven of the victims – four boys and three girls – were students in eighth grade, according to reports.
At least nine people were killed in a shooting and explosion at a school in the Russian city of Kazan on Tuesday, Russian state media reported. Reports.
Seven students, a teacher, and a school employee were killed in the attack on School No. 175, RIA Novosti Reportedly, citing Rustam Minikhanov, ruler of Tatarstan, where Kazan is located.
All seven students – four boys and three girls – were in eighth grade. About 20 people were injured.
Sweetened Reports Indicates that the attack began around 10 am local time. Said teachers and students Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty They heard a loud explosion at the school before they heard gunfire and fled.
Share neighbors opposite the school Videos On social media, smoke appears to be rising from the building moments after hearing the first explosion. Another video showed wrecks From inside the school.
a Video Russian Telegram news channels show children jumping from school windows in the cracks of gunfire. RIA Novosti, citing a source in the emergency services, mentioned Two other students died after jumping from a window on the third floor, but these deaths have not been confirmed.
Minikhanov said the 19-year-old shooter with a registered weapon had been arrested. The independent news site Novaya Gazeta identified the alleged shooter as Ilnaz Galiyev and Published A picture of him in police custody. Novaya Gazeta said he graduated from school.
Screenshots Published By the Telegram news channel Mash showed what appeared to be a shooter giving up and being pinned to the ground by the police. Early reports indicated that a second shooter may have been involved, but Minikhanov said, “No other accomplices have been proven.”
The fatal shooting prompted A. Call from Russian President Vladimir Putin To tighten the country’s gun laws, Reported by RIA NovostiQuoting Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov.
Peskov told reporters in Moscow that Putin gave a special order to the head of the Russian National Guard, Viktor Zolotov, “to establish new regulations on the types of weapons intended for civilian use, and the weapons that citizens may possess, including the types of light weapons used by the gunman in this shooting.” “.
“The truth is that sometimes, hunting weapons are registered as small arms, which in some countries are used as assault rifles, etc.” Peskov added that the National Guard would decide this quickly.
School shootings in Russia and the former Soviet republics are much rarer than in the United States, but their frequency has increased in recent years. at November 2019A gunman shot and killed a student at a college in the Far East of Russia before he committed suicide. And in October 2018In the Russian-annexed Crimea, a college student killed 20 people before aiming a gun at himself.
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