At least nine people died in a school shooting and explosion in the Russian city of Kazan on Tuesday, according to Russian state-run media reports.
Seven students, a teacher, and another school employee died in the attack at School Number 175, RIA Novosti reported, citing Rustam Minnikhanov, governor of Tatarstan, where Kazan is located.
All seven students — four boys and three girls — were in eighth grade. About 20 other people were injured.
Local reports suggest the attack began around 10 a.m. local time. Teachers and students told Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty that they heard a powerful explosion in the school before they heard shooting and fled.
“Video posted by Telegram news channels shows children jumping out of the school’s windows to the sounds of gunfire,” The Moscow Times reported. “The state-run RIA Novosti news agency reported that two more students died after jumping from a third-floor window, citing a source in the emergency services, but these deaths have not been confirmed.”