Death toll from Russian school shooting rises to 17

Death toll from Russian school shooting rises to 17
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Seventeen people, including 11 children, lost their lives in a mass shooting on Monday in a school in central Russia, according to an update issued on Tuesday by the authorities.

Another three persons were still fighting for their lives.

The incident took place on Monday in Izhevsk, capital of the Republic of Udmurtia, when an armed man burst into the school and fired on its occupants. He later committed suicide.

The suspect, identified as a former student of the school, now 34, may have been a member of a neo-Fascist organisation. He wore a "black sweater with Nazi symbols and a balaclava," according to investigators.

He was also being treated at a psychiatric hospital.


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