Russia: 13 dead in school shooting, Putin denounces ‘inhumane attack’

Russia: 13 dead in school shooting, Putin denounces ‘inhumane attack’

At least 13 people were killed, including seven children, in a school shooting in Ijevsk, central Russia, in an “inhumane terrorist attack,” according to President Vladimir Putin.

“The President deeply regrets the deaths of people and children in this school where a terrorist attack took place,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.

“According to preliminary data, 13 people, including six adults and seven minors, were victims of the crime, 14 children and 7 adults were injured,” the Russian Investigative Committee had previously stated, specifying that the attacker committed suicide.

“The President wishes healing to those injured in this inhumane attack,” the Kremlin added.

According to the investigators, the suspect wore a “black sweater symbolizing the Nazis and a balaclava”. It is a former student of this school, Artyom Kazantsev, born in 1988, it said in a separate statement. “We are examining whether he was a supporter of neo-fascist positions and Nazi ideology,” says the same source.

An earlier report by the Russian investigative committee reported nine victims, including five children.

Investigators also released video showing the body of a person lying on the ground, blood around the skull and wearing a black sweater with a red swastika on it.

The Russian Interior Ministry had previously spoken of six victims and 20 injuries.

“Police found the body of the man who opened fire. According to our information, he committed suicide,” he added.

The facts took place in the morning at School No. 88 in this city, which lies west of the Ural Mountains, a mountain range that separates European and Asian Russia. This city still houses the factories that manufacture Kalashnikov assault rifles.

According to the region’s governor Alexander Brechalov, the attacker killed the guard before opening fire on the school.

The school’s website states that it has almost a thousand students and 80 teachers.

The governor spoke visibly moved in a video filmed in front of the school. Medical personnel could be seen behind him running into the building, some carrying a stretcher.

“The evacuation is complete” and “the entire perimeter is cordoned off,” he assured in his video, specifying that the Russian National Guard, the Russian Security Services (FSB) and “the investigative authorities” are already there.

According to the Ministry of Health, “14 rescue teams” are also on site and “a group of doctors” will soon go to Izhevsk “to help the victims”.

An investigation into “murder” and “illegal carrying of weapons” was quickly launched and referred to the Investigative Committee of Russia, the country’s main investigative agency.

– Tensed climate –

Monday’s shooting is taking place in many regions of Russia amid a tense climate amid military mobilization of hundreds of thousands of reservists for Russia’s offensive in Ukraine.

Also on Monday, a man opened fire at a Russian army recruitment center in Siberia, seriously injuring a soldier working there.

Once extremely rare, deadly shootings, particularly in schools, have tended to increase in Russia in recent years, leading President Vladimir Putin to be alarmed and see it as a phenomenon imported from the United States and a perverse effect of globalization, which prompted him to do so to tighten gun-carrying legislation.

In April, a man in the Ulyanovsk region, also in central Russia, opened fire at a kindergarten, killing two children and a teacher before committing suicide.

The deadliest shooting dates back to October 2018, when a high school student killed 19 people before committing suicide in a high school in Kerch, on the annexed Crimea peninsula.

Ijevsk, a city of almost 650,000 inhabitants, is the capital of the Republic of Oudmurtia in the center of the country.

In this industrial city, which was closed to foreigners for a long time during the communist era, Mikhail Kalashnikov developed his first “AK-47” in 1947, which has since become world famous.


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