Firing in Russian school: 15 people including 11 students killed, 24 injured
Firing in Russian school: 15 people including 11 students killed, 24 injured; Children under 11 years of age killed
A gunman opened fire on Monday at a school in the Russian city of Izhevsk. So far 15 people have died in the incident, while 24 are injured. Among those killed are 11 students. The age of all of them is stated to be less than 11 years. Apart from this, two school teachers and two security guards have also been killed.
According to media reports, the city of Izhevsk is 960 km from the Russian capital Moscow and is part of the Udmurtia region. This area is better known as an industrial hub. The population of this city is 6 lakh 40 thousand.
According to the governor of Udmurtia, Alexander Brechlov, the incident happened just after the start of school. An unknown person entered the school with a gun. It is believed that he reached the school by climbing the boundary wall and for this reason escaped from the sight of the guards.
As soon as this man entered, he started firing on the children going to the class. During this, a stampede broke out in the school. When armed security guards surrounded the attacker, he also shot himself in the forehead. He has died.
The police, who reached the spot, surrounded the school part of the city of Izhevsk. Police suspect that the attacker was not alone, someone else could be with him. Every house in the area is being searched. It is not yet clear who the attacker was and what his motive was.
At present, children are being sent home from school under police protection. 24 people were injured, mostly students and teachers. Of these, condition 6 is stated to be critical. According to the governor, the attacker died some time ago. A special team is probing the matter.