School Shooting: Eight children among 11 killed as gunmen open fire inside building in Russia

At least 11 people have been killed, including eight children, after a school shooting in southwest Russia.

Two gunmen opened fire inside the building in the city of Kazan, one of whom has already been detained. The other was shot dead by police after taking several pupils hostage on the upper floor, according to sources.

Footage posted on social media showed a young man being pinned to the ground outside the building by a police officer. Local media said an explosion had been heard at the school and that it is not clear what the motive for the attack was.

At least 32 people have been injured, four of whom were hospitalised. A picture emerged of one of the suspects named as Ilnaz Renatovich Galyaviev, 19, who left School 175 some four years ago.

School Shooting: Eight children among 11 killed as gunmen open fire inside building in Russia

Video footage shared on social media shows debris inside the building, and children jumping out of a window to the sound of gunfire.

Students said they heard an explosion thunder through the school Two students died after leaping from a third-floor window, according to RIA Novosti.

Officials said some children were evacuated from the school but others still remained in the building. In a video showing the carnage inside the school in the aftermath of the attack, one pupil said: ‘We were sitting on the third floor, we had a history lesson.

China 'eyes four African nations for military bases'

‘Suddenly, in the middle of the lesson, the headmistress starts shouting into the loud speaker so that no one would open their doors.

‘The class teacher quickly closed the door and literally five seconds later a big explosion thundered either on the first or on the second floor.

‘We stayed together and did not open the door to anyone, but they burst into it – shots were heard, banging on the door, as if someone was trying to knock it out.

‘After some time, we heard the riot police and the deputy head shouted to us to open it. Firefighters came in and took us out.

‘I don’t know who they killed, but they killed the cleaner and the guard for sure – they tried to keep them out of the school.’

Authorities said additional security measures have been put into place in all schools in Kazan, the capital of Russia’s Tatarstan region, roughly 430 miles east of Moscow. [Metro]