Up to 9 Killed in Russia School Shooting

Up to 9 Killed in Russia School Shooting

Shattered glass by the entrance to school No 175 where two attackers opened fire; at least one teacher and eight students are reported dead.

At least 11 people were killed Tuesday in a shooting at a school in southwest Russian Federation, according to reports.

"Eight schoolchildren and a teacher were killed", a source told the Interfax news agency.

One of the shooters reportedly opened fire as soon as he entered the building and saw the janitor who managed to press the rescue buttons, according to the local media.

The other attacker was killed, Russia's Tass news agency reported.

Rustam Minnikhanov, governor of the Tatarstan republic which has Kazan as its capital, said that four male and three female eighth-grade students have died in the shooting.

Images broadcast on state television from the scene showed dozens of people outside the school building with fire services and police vehicles lining nearby streets.

The emergency services source also told RIA Novosti that there had been an explosion at some point in the school.

Russian Federation has relatively few school shootings due to normally tight security in education facilities and the difficulty of buying firearms legally, although it is possible to register hunting rifles.

Russian President Vladimir Putin at the time blamed the attack on "globalisation" and online communities dedicated to American school shootings which promoted "fake heroes". According to authorities, the second shooter is a 19-year-old individual, who had an officially registered gun.

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