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Russia’s Kazan school shooting: at least 9 people died

According to reports, seven of the victims-four boys and three girls-were students in the eighth grade.

Published on May 11, 2021, 5:28 AM EST


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People reacted near the ambulance at the shooting scene.

According to Russian state media, at least 9 people were killed in school shootings and explosions in Kazan, Russia on Tuesday. report.

Seven students, a teacher and another school employee were killed in the attack on School No. 175. RIA Novosti The report quoted Rustam Minnikhanov, the governor of Tatarstan where Kazan is located.

All seven students—four boys and three girls—are in the eighth grade. About 20 others were injured.

Local report Indicates that the attack began around 10 a.m. local time.Teacher and student tell Radio Free Europe/Radio Freedom After hearing the gunfire, they heard a strong explosion in the school and ran away.

The neighbor across the school shared video It was shown on social media that soon after hearing the sound of the first explosion, thick smoke emerged from the building.Another video shows fragmentation From inside the school.

A kind video According to news from the Russian Telegraph News Channel, children jumped out of the school window amidst gunfire. RIA Novosti quoted a source in the emergency services department, Report Two other students died after jumping from a window on the third floor, but these deaths have not been confirmed.

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A man offered flowers outside the school.

Minnikhanov said the gunman was a 19-year-old man with a registered weapon and had been arrested.The independent Novaya Gazeta news site identified the alleged gunmen as Ilnaz Galyaviyev and Publish Photos of him during police custody. Novaya Gazeta said he is a graduate of this school.

Lens Publish According to the Telegram news channel Mash, the gunman appeared to have surrendered and was pressed to the ground by the police. Early reports indicated that a second gunman might be involved, but Minnikhanov stated that “the other accomplices have not yet been determined.”

The deadly shooting prompted Call from Russian President Vladimir Putin Tighten the country’s gun laws, RIA Novosti report, To quote the words of Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov.

Peskov told reporters in Moscow that Putin issued a special order to the captain of the Russian National Guard, Viktor Zolotov, “to formulate new regulations on the types of weapons designated for civilian use and the types of weapons that may be possessed. Citizens, Including the types of small weapons used by the gunmen in this shooting.”

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Police cars and ambulances outside the shooting scene

“The fact is that sometimes hunting weapons are registered as small arms, used as assault rifles in some countries, etc.. This will also be quickly finalized by the National Guard,” Peskov added.

School shootings in Russia and the former Soviet Republic are less common than in the United States, but their frequency has increased in recent years.in November 2019, A gunman shot and killed a student at a university in the Russian Far East and then committed suicide.While in October 2018In Crimea, annexed by Russia, a student at a university there killed 20 people before shooting himself.

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