Seven children – four boys and three girls- and at least a teacher were killed and at least 16 people injured on Tuesday after a gunman opened fire in the school no. 175 in the Russian city of Kazan, the capital of the Tatarstan Republic, an oil-rich, Muslim-majority region. At least other 21, including three adults, were injured. An armed young man, named Ilnaz Galyaviev, local resident borned in 2001, was detained. He was “officially registered as a gun owner,” a semi-automatic shotgun. He was a former student and had announced his intention to carry out the attack on social media.The area was cordoned off with police tape. Witnesses told that there had been an explosion during the attack before the shooting began. Some kids jumped out of the school window to escape. Twenty-one ambulance teams and doctors have been sent to the crime scene. The Investigative Committee has opened a case of mass murder after the shooting.
Russian President Vladimir Putin was briefed on the incident by the FSB Director Alexander Bortnikov and has expressed his condolences to the families of victims of the incident. The Russian President has asked the head of the National Guard of Russia Viktor Zolotov to “urgently” come up with new gun control measures that would regulate the types of weapons that can be owned by civilians. Tatarstan’s leader Rustam Minnikhanov described the attack as a “major tragedy”.Security measures have been strengthened in all educational institutions of Kazan. A day of mourning will be held on Wednesday to honour the victims.