Russia: school shooting – dead and injured


Shooting rampage in a Russian school: many dead and injured

Updated: 09/27/2022, 06:35

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Several people were killed and injured when shots were fired in a Russian school in the city of Izhevsk.

Photo: IMAGO / SNA

Several people are said to have been shot dead in a school in Izhevsk, Russia. The background is still unclear.

Ischewsk/Berlin. A 34-year-old man is believed to be attending his former school in the Russian city Ischewsk caused a bloodbath among children in the Udmurt Republic. The number of fatalities reported from the shooting at school number 88 in the city known for its gunsmiths was given as 15 late Monday afternoon. Eleven children were among the dead, the national investigative committee said. The perpetrator also killed himself, according to the authorities. There had previously been talk of 13 dead, including at least two teachers and two security guards.

24 people were injured, including 22 children, it said. Some children were injured when jumping out of school windows. “In Udmurtia today there was a tragedy in Izhevsk at school 88,” said Governor Alexander Brechalov shortly after the crime. “There are child casualties and injuries.” He scheduled a three-day mourning. The investigators also named the man’s identity in the afternoon; it is a 34-year-old who was once a student there. He is said to have fired two Makarov pistols.

Shooting rampage at a Russian school: investigations into the background are ongoing

Investigations began into the background of the crime in the city around 1200 kilometers east of the Russian capital Moscow. Chief investigator Alexander Bastrykin said of the perpetrator: “He was wearing a black T-shirt with Nazi symbols and a balaclava. He had no documents with him.” Investigators also released a photo showing a Nazi swastika was to see.

Because of the man’s disguise, it probably took hours before it was clear who he was. When the name was known, Governor Brechalov said that the ex-pupil had been under mental treatment for problems. He has also been fined with a fine.

Despite the ongoing investigation and the unclear situation, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov spoke of a “terrorist act” just a few hours after the incident. He said he “was affiliated with what appeared to be a neo-fascist organization or group.” No real evidence was presented for this. Investigators said the man’s home and surroundings are now being checked for Nazi views.

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Propagandists close to the Kremlin use rampage for their purposes

Nevertheless claimed pro-Kremlin propagandists With a view to the currently ongoing and controversial partial mobilization for Russia’s war against Ukraine, the mastermind behind the attack is sitting alive and well in Kyiv. Analyst Abbas Galliamov criticized the claim, accusing the propagandists of using the blood of children in their warmongering against Ukraine.

“President (Vladimir) Putin is in deep sorrow in connection with the deaths of people, children in the school where the terrorist act took place,” said Kremlin spokesman Peskov. However, he gave no evidence for the thesis that it was a terrorist attack.

Kremlin chief Putin has already spoken to the regional leadership and members of the government, who should take care of the injured, said Peskov. The Ministry of Civil Defense flies doctors, psychologists and other specialists to the Udmurtia region. According to official information, 982 students study at the school with around 80 teachers.

According to unconfirmed reports in the Russian media, the perpetrator is said to be responsible for the US massacre of the Columbine High School from Littleton near Denver in 1999 as a model. According to a report by the Baza portal, the pistols had the names of the perpetrators at the time and the word Columbine. The seniors killed 12 students, a teacher and themselves.

Russia: Several rampages in schools

In Russia, there have already been multiple rampages at educational institutions, resulting in deaths and injuries. That had debates about one tightening of gun controls triggered. In May last year, a 19-year-old killed nine people in a school in the Russian republic of Tatarstan. Even then, most of the victims in the city of Kazan were children. The man was arrested for murder and is in custody.

In September last year, in the city of Perm, around 1,200 kilometers east of Moscow, a law student shot himself with a hunting rifle, killing six people and injuring more than 30 others.

In December, a former student at a Christian high school detonated what was apparently a home-made explosive device on the grounds of the Vladychni nunnery in Russia. The 18-year-old himself and several children were injured, some of them seriously. The explosion happened at the entrance to the Russian Orthodox Church Gymnasium in the Moscow Region town of Serpukhov, about 90 kilometers south of the Russian capital. He was also called a “terrorist”. The young man is said to have taken revenge for harassment. (dpa/bef/mja)

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