The suspected shooter has been detained, state information company RIA Novosti reported, citing a regulation enforcement supply.
Svetlana Petrenko, an official consultant of Russia’s Investigative Committee, was quoted by the TASS information company as saying that an armed younger man was detained after he burst into a faculty. Petrenko added his establish has been established and that he’s a neighborhood resident born in 2001.
TASS initially reported that two attackers had been concerned within the incident, however later quoted the top of the press service of the President of Tatarstan as saying there was just one gunman.
TASS additionally reported that the Investigative Committee has opened a case of mass homicide after the taking pictures. RIA had earlier cited an emergency providers supply as saying that not less than 9 individuals had been killed.
Kazan is the capital of the Tatarstan Republic, a federal Russian area. Pictures from the world confirmed armed officers from the Federal Safety Companies (FSB) storming the college constructing, whereas the world was cordoned off with police tape.
Witnesses additionally instructed state media that there had been an explosion throughout the assault earlier than the taking pictures started, though it was not instantly clear what precipitated the blast. A number of youngsters jumped out of the college window to flee.
“There’s heavy smoke,” an emergency providers supply instructed RIA.
Twenty-one ambulance groups and medical doctors have been despatched to the college in Kazan.
Russian President Vladimir Putin was briefed on the incident by the FSB Director Alexander Bortnikov, in response to Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov. Putin has expressed his condolences to the households of victims of the incident.
Peskov additionally instructed journalists that Putin has requested the top of the Nationwide Guard of Russia Viktor Zolotov to “urgently” give you new gun management measures that may regulate the varieties of weapons that may be owned by civilians. The Nationwide Guard is an inner Russian safety power.
A Ministry of Emergency Conditions airplane with medical doctors, gear and psychologists had been dispatched to Kazan, Peskov mentioned, including that the Russian Ministers of Well being and Training are additionally each on their technique to the town.
Safety measures have been strengthened in all academic establishments of Kazan, TASS reported. The mayor’s workplace additionally mentioned entrance to varsities has been restricted.