At least eleven people, including nine children, were killed today and more than thirty were wounded in a shooting at a school in the Russian city of Kazan, reported emergency services sources quoted by Russian agencies. The attack at school 175 in Kazan, capital of the Muslim-majority Russian republic of Tatarstan, involved, according to various media, two attackers.

One of the attackers was detained by the police, who also blocked one of the floors of the school to corner the second suspect, whom they finally killed, according to the TASS agency. The detainee is 19 years old and his weapon was registered, according to Tatarstan President Rustam Minnikhanov, who had gone to the scene. “Today a great tragedy has occurred for our republic and our country,” Minnikhanov told Rossiya-24 television channel.

As the Education Ministry told TASS, 32 people were wounded in the shooting and are being taken to different hospitals. At the time of the incident there were 714 children in the school and about 70 employees, including 52 teachers.

Russian National Guard troops surrounded the school building, where about 20 ambulances were sent. Another emergency services source quoted by the Sputnik news agency said that an explosion followed the shooting. Police evacuated several students, while others jumped out of windows to escape the shooting. Images posted on social networks show students fleeing the school, most of them were evacuated and are in a neighboring kindergarten. The Kazan City Council ordered to tighten security at all educational establishments in the city. The prosecutor, Ildus Nafikov, is also on the scene and a criminal case has been opened. The Ministry of Internal Affairs indicated that an anti-terrorist operation has been organized in the area.

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