At least 11 people, including children and a teacher, were killed after a group of gunmen attacked a Russian school located in the southwestern city of Kazan, authorities said on Tuesday.
In a statement, Russia’s Interior Ministry said preliminary reports indicated that at least two gunmen were involved in the school shooting incident early Tuesday.
“This morning Tatarstan police received a message that in School 175 in Kazan the sound of shots was heard. According to preliminary information, there are dead and wounded,” the ministry said on Tuesday.
“Police and other law enforcement officers immediately went to the scene. The attacker was detained by officers of the patrol service. The law enforcement operation is still ongoing at the school. Every effort is being made to ensure the safety of the students. A counter-terror regime has been implemented.”
Local authorities said in a press release that 11 people, including young students and a teacher, were killed and many others were also injured during the attack.
Disturbing videos that circulated several social media platforms showed children leaping from the third floor of the four-story School Number 175 to the ground. Some were still able to receive emergency first aid attention, but two of the children died after sustaining fatal injuries.
Authorities said the motive behind the attack is still unknown.
Security measures have been intensified in all schools in Kazan following the attack.
The Russian government also said that President Vladimir Putin has issued an order to review the country’s gun control legislation after the school shooting.
“The fact is that sometimes types of small arms are registered as hunting weapons, which in some countries are used as assault rifles, and so on. This will also be urgently worked out by the Russian Guard,” government spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in a press release.