Russian media: 11 killed in a school shooting in Kazan

Russian media: 11 killed in a school shooting in Kazan

It was not immediately clear what the motive for the attack was. Russian media outlets identified him as School No. 175 graduate Ilnaz Galyaviyev, 19, and reported that he announced his plans to commit the shooting on social media.

A gunman launched an attack on a school in the Russian city of Kazan that left at least nine people dead Tuesday - including seven youngsters - and sent students running out of the building as smoke poured from one of the windows.

"The terrorist has been arrested, 19 years old".

The initial report said another suspect was in a standoff with police inside the school, but officials later confirmed that the teenager is thought to have acted alone.

President Vladimir Putin expressed his condolences to the relatives of the victims and ordered his government to tighten the country's already strict gun laws even more. A firearm is registered in his name.

Investigative authorities say a gunman opened fire in the school and triggered an explosion.

Minnikhanov added that 18 students and three adults have been hospitalized with injuries of varying severity.

The republic declared a day of mourning on Wednesday.

The deadliest school attack in Russian Federation took place in 2004 in the city of Beslan, when Islamic militants took more 1,000 people hostage for several days.

Authorities said additional security measures have been put into place in all schools in Kazan, the capital of Russia's Tatarstan region, which is roughly 700 kilometres (430 miles) east of Moscow. Among them were 12 children, four of whom are in intensive care.

Tuesday's school shootings were Russia's deadliest since 2018, when a college student in Russian-annexed Crimea shot 20 people to death before killing himself.

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