11 killed in Russian school shooting; one gunman killed, other held

One 17-year-old gunman was detained and the other was killed in the Russian city of Kazan

A school shooting erupted on May 11  in the Russian city of Kazan, leaving 11 people dead and four wounded, Russia’s state RIA Novosti news agency reported, citing emergency services.

There were conflicting reports about the situation, with some Russian news agencies reporting two teenage gunmen were involved and others saying one was involved.


RIA said one gunman had been detained and said an explosion had been heard at the school. It was not immediately clear what the motive for the attack was.

Meanwhile, the second shooter at the school was killed, says TASS news agency citing sources.

Local officials said some children were evacuated from the school but others still remained in the building. Authorities said additional security measures have been put into place in all schools in Kazan, the capital of Russia’s Tatarstan region, roughly 700 kilometres (430 miles) east of Moscow.

Video footage shared on social media showed emergency service vehicles parked outside the school, with people running towards the building. Other videos showed broken windows with debris outside.

While school shootings are relatively rare in Russia, there have been several violent attacks on schools in recent years, mostly carried out by students.

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