A gunman has killed six people at a school in the Russian city of Izhevsk, the country’s Interior Ministry has said in a statement on Telegram.
The Udmurtia branch of the Interior Ministry said the gunman had killed himself and 20 people were wounded.
News agency RIA cited Governor Alexander Brechalov of the Udmurtia region, of which Izhevsk is the capital, as saying an unidentified man had entered the school and killed a security guard. He said there were dead and wounded among the school pupils.
Governor Brechalov, in a statement on the Telegram messenger app, also said he had arrived at the city’s School No. 88 and the security services as well as paramedics were at the scene.
In west-central Russia, Izhevsk lies beside the Izh River and is major producer of steel, arms, machine tools, building machinery and motorbikes.
A teacher, quoted by local media outlet Tatar Inform, said: “We heard the sounds of explosions at the beginning of the second lesson. All the teachers locked the children in the classrooms. The shooting was on the third floor.”
That incident was Russia’s deadliest school shooting since 2018 when a student at a college in Russian-annexed Crimea killed 20 people before turning his gun on himself.
Russia has strict restrictions on civilians owning firearms, but some categories of guns are available for purchase for hunting, self-defence or sport. This is after would-be owners have passed tests and met other requirements.
Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the head of the country’s national guard to draw up tighter gun regulations last year.