A new shooting has sown the drama in another Russian school. At least 15 people, 11 of them children, have been killed in an attack on a school in the city of Izhevsk, in the republic of Udmurtia, in the center of the country. The attacker took his own life after the shooting, as reported by the Investigation Committee, the body responsible for the investigations. In the event, at least four other adults have also lost their lives, including two guards and two teachers. “According to preliminary data, the criminal was armed with two traumatic pistols. [de autodefensa] that had been converted for the use of live ammunition. So far, his real identity has not been established,” the chairman of the State Duma committee for information, Alexander Jinshtein, said on social media.
This tragedy reopens in Russia once again the debate on weapons. The massacre takes place a few months after the April 26 shooting at a Veshkayma nursery, which killed three people, and a year after another attack on a Perm university, which left six dead and fifty wounded. In May of that same year, a similar incident occurred in another school in Kazan, where there were nine fatalities.
The author of the massacre has been identified by the authorities. This is Artem Kazantsev, a 34-year-old man who had studied at that school in the past. The Investigative Committee noted that it is currently analyzing the personality and background of the aggressor “to verify his adherence to neo-fascist views and Nazi ideology.”
“The attacker committed suicide. He was wearing a black T-shirt with Nazi symbols and a balaclava. He did not have any documents, ”an investigation committee has pointed out to the Tass news agency. The middle Mash For its part, it spread an image of the attacker’s chargers on which the word “hate” was written.
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A student has told the newspaper RBK how the attack happened “I was downstairs at school around 11.30, at the start of class. The attacker came through the front door and started shooting at everyone. I ran to the principal’s office,” said the student from Izhevsk 88th School.
In a video broadcast by the Russian media, the first minutes after the shooting are seen. Nervous parents flock to the school to check on their children’s condition, and security forces and emergency teams evacuate the wounded. The authorities have released a photograph of the dead attacker next to a pool of blood.
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