Eleven people, mostly children, have died in a shooting at a school in Russia, state media are reporting.

According to the Interfax news agency, two gunmen opened fire in the school.

One of them – a 17-year-old – has already been apprehended.

Eight children and one teacher were reportedly shot dead, while two other children are believed to have died jumping out of windows to escape the shooters.

KAZAN, RUSSIA  MAY 11, 2021: Shattered glass by the entrance to school No 175 where two attackers opened fire; at least one teacher and eight students are reported dead. Yegor Aleyev/TASS (Photo by Yegor AleyevTASS via Getty Images)
Shattered glass by the entrance to school No 175 where two attackers opened fire; at least one teacher and eight students are reported dead. (Yegor Aleyev/TASS)
KAZAN, RUSSIA  MAY 11, 2021: FSB and special rapid response unit officers with a service dog enter school No 175 where two attackers opened fire; at least one teacher and eight students are reported dead. Yegor Aleyev/TASS (Photo by Yegor AleyevTASS via Getty Images)
FSB and special rapid response unit officers with a service dog at the school in Kazan, east of Moscow. (Yegor Aleyev/TASS)
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Local officials said some children were evacuated from the school but others still remained in the building.

Authorities said additional security measures have been put into place in all schools in Kazan.

The incident occurred as Russians returned to work and school following a 10-day national holiday to mark Labor Day and the 76th anniversary of Soviet Russia’s defeat of Nazi Germany in World War II.

KAZAN, RUSSIA  MAY 11, 2021: Police cars and ambulances by school No 175 where two attackers opened fire; at least one teacher and eight students are reported dead. Yegor Aleyev/TASS (Photo by Yegor AleyevTASS via Getty Images)
Police cars and ambulances by school No 175 where two attackers opened fire. (Yegor Aleyev/TASS)
KAZAN, RUSSIA  MAY 11, 2021: FSB officers by school No 175 where two attackers opened fire; at least one teacher and eight students are reported dead. Yegor Aleyev/TASS (Photo by Yegor AleyevTASS via Getty Images)
Local officials said some children had been evacuated from the school. (Yegor Aleyev/TASS)
KAZAN, RUSSIA  MAY 11, 2021: A view of school No 175 where two attackers opened fire; at least one teacher and eight students are reported dead. Yegor Aleyev/TASS (Photo by Yegor AleyevTASS via Getty Images)
A view of school No 175 where two attackers opened fire. (Yegor Aleyev/TASS)

Kazan, about 700 kilometres east of Moscow, is a city of 1.2 million people and is known as the “third capital of Russia”.

It is the capital of Russia’s Tatarstan region, which is mostly Muslim.

While school shootings are relatively rare in Russia, there have been several violent attacks on schools in recent years, mostly carried out by students.



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