Russians pay tribute to victims of mass shooting at Kazan school

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KAZAN, RUSSIA: Mourners left toys and flowers on Wednesday in tribute at a Russian school where nine people, including seven children, were killed after a teenage gunman opened fire at a school.
The attack on Tuesday in the city around 450 miles (725 km) east of


was the deadliest school shooting since 2018 when a student at a college in Russian-annexed


killed 20 people.
"(I came here) because this is such a disaster. It's impossible to just remain indifferent," a woman who gave her name only as Albina said after coming to pay her respects at School Number 175.
The head of Russia's Muslim-majority region of Tatarstan, where


is the main city, has called it a national tragedy and the


has called for tighter gun controls.
Russia has strict restrictions on civilian firearm ownership, but some categories of gun are available for purchase for hunting, self-defence or sport, once would-be owners have passed tests and met other requirements.
Around 100 people, some of them wearing face masks because of the Covid-19 pandemic, gathered at a traditional Muslim funeral for Elvira Ignatieva, an English teacher who was among the victims.
"She was protecting her children. She was protecting (them) and didn't hide away," said Talgat Gumerov, a Kazan resident.
Twenty-three people were still in hospital on Wednesday, including 12 children with gunshot wounds, the


news agency reported. Five children were in a serious condition and one of them was critical, it said.

Investigative Committee

, which investigates major crimes, said that it planned to charge a suspect named Ilnaz Galyaviev later on Wednesday. A court was expected to rule later on the terms of custody for the 19-year-old.

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