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At Least 7 Children And Two Adults Killed In A Shooting.

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Heavily armed police and emergency vehicles responded to the incident. Photo Courtesy

Seven children and two adults have been killed in a shooting at a school in the Russian city of Kazan, officials say.

At least seven children and two adults have been shot dead with twenty-one other people, mostly children left injured in a school in Russia.

The attack happened in the capital of the Republic of Tatarstan, 820km (510 miles) east of Moscow and a 19-year-old suspect was detained.

Russian PM Mikhail Mishustin spoke of “great sorrow” while Tatarstan’s leader Rustam Minnikhanov described the attack as a “major tragedy”.

“We are deeply saddened that this has happened,” he said.

Responding to the shooting, Russian President Vladimir Putin said he would review the country’s gun control laws.

Mr. Minnikhanov confirmed the deaths of seven children – four boys and three girls – as well as a female teacher and a female school worker at School No 175. It is believed the children were eighth-graders (aged around 15).

He says that eighteen children and three adults are being treated in hospitals for gunshot wounds, fractures, and bruising.

The attack began at about 09:20 local time (06:20 GMT), a source in the emergency reported. The first signal from a panic button at the school was sent five minutes later.

“Everyone started panicking and saying ‘shut the doors,” a student who witnessed the attack says. “About a minute later the headteacher started yelling: ‘We’re shutting the doors!’

Heavily armed police and emergency vehicles responded to the incident. Photo Courtesy

“We got out about 15 minutes later, not out of the windows. I wanted to do that, but the teacher closed the window immediately and said no.”

Footage shared on social media shows some children jumping from windows to escape as well as injured people being evacuated.

Heavily armed police and emergency vehicles responded to the incident.

A Kazan resident outside the school said that people there were hysterical. “Parents are crying, medics are giving out medicine,” she said.

Felicity Gitonga

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