Nine killed in Kazan school shooting

The death toll in a school shooting in Kazan, in Russia’s Tatarstan Region, has climbed to nine, a source in the emergencies services told TASS.

"Nine people died, including eight children and a teacher," the source said.

At least 32 people were injured, they are being taken to hospitals, a source in the republic’s Ministry of Education informed TASS.

According to the source, the first signal from a panic button at the school came in at 09:25, and the shooting began at 09:20. At the time, there were 714 children and about 70 employees at the school, including 52 teachers.

The attacker was detained. According to the source, he shot seven eighth graders and one teacher. He informed the police while he was being detained that he had placed a bomb at his home.

Police and operative services are working on the scene. Children are being evacuated from the school and some students started jumping out of the windows to escape the shooting.

An eyewitness told TASS the attacker had carried out an explosion and then went on a shooting spree.

The electronic education system of the Republic of Tatarstan indicates that School No. 175 is located on Faizi Street in the Sovetsky district of Kazan. The school founded in 2006 provides instruction for 1,049 pupils and is the place where 57 teachers work.