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Russia.  Children among dead after assailant opened fire at school

Thirteen deaths have been recorded so far, according to the official TASS news agency. Among those killed was the school’s security guard, regional government head Alexander Brechalovn said in a video statement.

Investigators said 21 people, including 14 children, were injured, TASS reported.

The shooter, who was apparently wearing a black T-shirt with Nazi insignia and a helmet, committed suicide following the attack, according to TASS. Authorities are still trying to identify the man they believe is responsible for the shooting at the school, as no documents have been found on the suspect, the state news agency reported.

This is at least the second school shooting in Russia in the past two years. In May 2021, a gunman killed seven children at a school in Kazan, the capital of the Russian Republic of Tatarstan.

Monday’s attack took place at School 88 in Izhevsk, the capital of Russia’s Udmurtia region. It has since been evacuated, Brechalovn said.

Izhevsk is home to over 600,000 people, making it one of the 20 most populous cities in Russia. It was founded in 1760 as an ironworks and remains a leading industrial center.

The city is perhaps best known as the home of the AK-47 rifle and the longtime residence of the Soviet lieutenant general credited with its development, Mikhail Kalashnikov.

Piotr Ilyitch Tchaikovsky, composer of the Swan Lake and Nutcracker ballets, was born in the Oudmurtia region.


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