At least 13 people were killed in a shooting at a Russian school



Investigators said, today, Monday, that the death toll rose to 13 people, including seven children, after the shooting at a school in the central Russian city of Izhevsk.

The attack was the latest in a series of school shootings that have rocked Russia in recent years, and came at a time when the country was in tension over efforts to mobilize tens of thousands of men to fight in Ukraine.

The Russian Investigative Committee said in a statement that 13 people, including six adults and seven minors, were killed in this crime, adding that 14 children and seven adults were injured.

The authorities earlier announced the death toll of nine people, but did not specify whether this included the suspected shooter.

Investigators said two security guards and a teacher were among the victims, adding that the attacker had “committed suicide”.

According to investigators, he “was wearing a black T-shirt with Nazi symbols and a mask” and was not carrying any identification.

The region’s governor, Alexander Prishalov, confirmed the occurrence of “injuries and injuries among children,” in a video statement outside School No. 88 in Izhevsk.

Rescue workers and medical personnel were seen in the background, some running inside the school on stretchers.

The Russian Health Ministry said “14 ambulance teams” were working on the site to help the wounded, news agencies reported.

Prishalov announced a period of mourning in the region that will last until Thursday.

With a population of about 630,000, Izhevsk is the regional capital of the Russian Udmurt Republic, located about 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) east of Moscow.

The attack came just hours after a man opened fire and seriously wounded a recruiting officer at a recruitment center in Siberia.

The last major school shooting in Russia occurred in April, when a gunman opened fire at a kindergarten in the central Ulyanovsk region, killing a teacher and two children.

The shooter, who was described as “mentally ill,” was later found dead, and officials said he shot himself.

– Tighter gun laws –

Mass shootings in Russia’s schools and universities were rare until 2021, when two separate killing explosions rocked the central Russian cities of Kazan and Perm, prompting lawmakers to tighten laws regulating access to guns.

In September 2021, a student in black tactical clothing and a helmet armed with a hunting rifle swept into the premises of Perm State University, killing six people, mostly women, and wounding twenty others.

The gunman resisted arrest and was shot by law enforcement officers during his arrest and taken to a medical facility for treatment.

It was the second such attack that year, after a 19-year-old former student shot nine people at his old school in Kazan in May.

Investigators said the gunman had a brain disorder, but was deemed fit to obtain a license for the semi-automatic rifle he was using.

On the day of the attack, President Vladimir Putin called for a review of gun control laws, the age for acquiring hunting rifles increased from 18 to 21, and medical checks were beefed up.

Authorities have blamed foreign influence for past school shootings, saying young Russians have faced similar attacks online and on television in the United States and elsewhere.

Other high-profile shootings occurred in the Russian army, highlighting the issue of hawks in the country as military service is mandatory for men between the ages of 18 and 27.

In November 2020, a 20-year-old soldier killed three of his military colleagues at a military base near the city of Voronezh. In a similar attack in 2019, a young recruit shot dead eight soldiers, saying he faced bullying and harassment in the army.

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