At Least 8 Dead In School Shooting In Russia

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It was not immediately clear what the motive for the attack was. Russian media report that several people have been killed and wounded in a school shooting in the city of Kazan.

Images showed armed officers from the Federal Security Services (FSB) storming the school building, while the area was cordoned off with police tape.

Earlier, state news agency RIA Novosti reported 11 dead and said at least two students died when they jumped from a third-floor window in an apparent attempt to escape the gunman.

"The terrorist has been arrested, (he is) 19 years old".

Local officials noted that some of the children were evacuated from the school, while others still remained in the building.

President Vladimir Putin ordered the government to provide all necessary assistance to the area and the national guard to draft more stringent gun regulations in response to the killings, the Kremlin said.

A total of 21 people have been hospitalized, including 18 children and three adults.

Police have opened an investigation.

Kazan is the capital of the Muslim-majority region of Tatarstan and located around 725 kilometres (450 miles) east of Moscow.

School shootings in Russian Federation are relatively rare, but they have increased in recent years.

One of the last major shootings of its kind took place in Russian-annexed Crimea in 2018 when a student at a college killed 19 people before turning his gun on himself.

The gunman was identified by Russian media, who said he was a former student and had announced his intention to carry out the attack on social media.

Tatarstan authorities said the victims' families will receive 1 million rubles ($13,500) in compensation, while those who were injured will receive between 200,000 and 400,000 rubles ($2,700-$5,400) each.

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