Police officers and paramedics at School No. 175, where two attackers opened fire; At least one teacher and eight students are reported dead.

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Several children and a teacher were among the dead after a shooting in a Russian school Tuesday that left many others injured.

The Russian Interior Ministry tweeted a statement earlier the day it was read: “This morning Tatarstan police received news that 175 shots were heard at school in Kazan. According to preliminary information, there have been dead and wounded . “

“Police and other law enforcement officers went to the scene immediately. The attacker was arrested by patrol officers. Law enforcement at the school is ongoing. Every effort is being made to ensure the safety of the students. A counter-terror regime has been implemented . “

Ambulances and police cars at No. 175 school where the school was shot.

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The shooting took place in the school in Kazan, a city in the Republic of Tatarstan in Russia. Media reports contradicted the exact circumstances of the incident and the number of deaths.

Previous reports said nine people had been killed in the shootings, mostly children, and other reports suggested there had been 11 deaths.

The AP news agency quoted the governor of the Republic of Tatarstan as saying that four male and three female eighth grade students died in the shootings. Twelve other children and four adults were hospitalized in the attack, Governor Rustam Minnikhanov said.

Rustam Minnikhanov, President of the Republic of Tatarstan, arrives at school No. 175 where a shooting took place. The number of deaths is uncertain.

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The Russian news agencies RIA Novosti and TASS initially reported that there were two attackers; RIA reported that one of the attackers had been arrested and the other neutralized.

Subsequent reports, however, stated that there was a lone gunman, with Minnikhanov saying that “the terrorist has been arrested, he is 19 years old. A firearm is registered in his name.”

“No other accomplices have been identified, an investigation is ongoing.”

The motivation for the attack is still unknown.

Footage posted on social media shows students trying to escape from school by climbing out of classroom windows. Another video is said to show a corridor in the school littered with debris, while another shows a man being nailed to the ground by a police officer outside the school.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has reportedly offered condolences to the families of the victims and injured and asked the head of the Russian National Guard to look into possible new rules on gun ownership.

“The fact is that sometimes types of small arms are registered as hunting weapons, which in some countries are used as assault rifles, etc. This is also being urgently worked out by the Russian Guard,” Putin’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov said. RIA reported.