Eleven children among the 17 killed in a shooting at a Russian school as wounded to be transferred to Moscow | World News



More than a dozen youngsters wounded in a school shooting in central Russia are being transported to Moscow for further care.

The Russian Minister of Health, Mikhail Murashko, disclosed that a medical evacuation was planned for thirteen children and two adults, three of whom were reportedly in severe condition.

On Monday, a gunman murdered 17 people and wounded 24 others at School No. 88 in Izhevsk, 600 kilometres east of Moscow in the Udmurtia region.

After carrying out the attack, the gunman, identified as Artyom Kazantsev, a 34-year-old former student of the institution, committed suicide.

Authorities have stated he was wearing a black T-shirt imprinted with “Nazi insignia” but have provided no information on his motivations.

In addition, authorities disclosed that he was enrolled at a mental clinic.

The Udmurt authorities said that 11 of the 17 victims were children, and 22 of the 24 injured were also minors.

Dmitry Peskov, a spokesperson for the Kremlin, termed the shooting “a terrorist attack” and stated that President Vladimir Putin has given the necessary orders to the appropriate agencies.

Students at the school varied in age from six to seventeen years.

Eleven children among the 17 killed in a shooting at a Russian school as wounded to be transferred to Moscow

According to the Russian National Guard, Kazantsev carried out the attack with two unlicensed, nonlethal firearms modified to shoot live ammunition.

Izhevsk, a city of 640,000 inhabitants in central Russia, is located west of the Ural Mountains.

In spite of the rarity of school shootings in Russia, they have increased in frequency in recent years, forcing the government to attempt to tighten gun laws last year.

A year ago, a shooter killed six people at a university in Perm, and months before, another gunman killed seven pupils and two instructors at a school in the city of Kazan.

In 2018, a student at a university in Russian-annexed Crimea murdered himself and 20 other pupils.

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