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‘A terrorist act’: Children among dead in Russian school shooting

At least 15 people – including 11 children – have been killed during a shooting at a school in the Russian city of Izhevsk.

The Russian Investigative Committee said the victims also included two teachers and two security guards and they were killed by a gunman wearing a balaclava.

Another 22 children and two adults were injured at School No 88 during the attack by a former pupil, according to officials.

They added the man was dressed all in black, with a red swastika in a circle drawn on his shirt, and had been armed with two pistols and a large supply of ammunition.

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The Udmurtia branch of the interior ministry said the body of the gunman was discovered by police at the scene.

The school was evacuated and the surrounding area cordoned off. The motive for the shootings was unclear.

The Investigative Committee identified the gunman as 34-year-old Artem Kazantsev.

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In a statement, it added: “Currently investigators … are conducting a search of his residence and studying the personality of the attacker, his views and surrounding milieu.

“Checks are being made into his adherence to neo-fascist views and Nazi ideology.”

Russia’s National Guard said Kazantsev used two non-lethal handguns adapted to fire real bullets.

Police and members of emergency services work near the scene of a school shooting in Izhevsk, Russia September 26, 2022. REUTERS/Stringer
A police officer secures area after a school shooting in Izhevsk, Russia September 26, 2022. REUTERS/Stringer

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov described the shooting as “a terrorist act” and said that President Vladimir Putin has given all the necessary orders to the relevant authorities.

He said: “President Putin deeply mourns deaths of people and children in the school, where a terrorist act took place.”

Governor of Udmurtia, Alexander Brechalov, said the gunman was registered as a patient at a psychiatric facility and killed himself after the attack.

He added surgeons had been carrying out a number of operations on those admitted to hospital.

Izhevsk is about 600 miles east of Moscow and is the capital of the Udmurtia region.

A woman talks to police officers securing area after a school shooting in Izhevsk, Russia September 26, 2022. REUTERS/Stringer
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Police stand guard at the entrance to the school. Pic: AP

The school has about 1,000 pupils and is situated in the central part of a city which has a population of more than 600,000 people.

Russia has seen several school shootings in recent years.

In May 2021, a teenage gunman killed seven children and two adults in the city of Kazan.

Last April, a man killed two children and a teacher at a kindergarten in the central Ulyanovsk region before killing himself.

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