A senior student armed with an an axe stormed a school in the Siberian city of Ulan-Ude and used a “Molotov cocktail” to set the building on fire, local media report.
Initial reports said a ninth-grader stormed the school with an axe and attacked a teacher and at least three students. He chopped off another student’s finger, according to some reports.
The regional health ministry confirmed that four people were injured in the attack. “Four people were injured: one teacher, two students and the teenager who perpetrated the attack. All of them have been taken to a hospital.” The official added that two of the injured are now undergoing surgery.
An unnamed local source cited by RIA says there may have been up to three attackers. INTERFAX, citing its own source, reports that one accomplice managed to escape.
An investigative committee in the Buryatia region is now looking into the early morning axe attack.
The regional office of the emergencies ministry confirmed the fire at the school, but said the flames were quickly extinguished. There are no confirmed reports of injuries.
The fire burnt some 15 square meters in one of the classrooms, according to the fire department as cited by local media. More than 500 people were evacuated from the school.
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