At least eleven people have died after a shooting incident in Kazan, Russia’s fifth city.
Two armed men reportedly attacked No. 175 Secondary School on Dzhaudata Faizi Street early Tuesday morning. They appear to have entered the school at the main entrance before firing shots from an automatic firearm. An explosion could also be heard.
One of the attackers, a teenager, was arrested.
Local media named him as 19-year-old Ilnaz Galieyev, a former student of the school.
The other nameless shooter was killed during the police operation.
According to an unconfirmed source, the second shooter held up to seven children hostage.
Tormenting footage spread on social media shows schoolchildren jumping from the top floors to the floor – and then receiving bloody first aid. The injuries were fatal in at least two cases.
Other children were evacuated using ladders from fire trucks.
School shootings are relatively rare in Russia, but authorities have been on guard since an incident in 2018 at a technical college in Kerch, Crimea.
The shooting killed 20 people, the largest number lost to school violence since the 2004 Beslan terrorist attack that killed 333 people.