At least eight people have been killed after a student opened fire at a university in the Russian city of Perm, according to the national Investigative Committee law enforcement agency.
The suspect was detained shortly after launching the attack on Monday morning at Perm State University, located around 1,300 kilometres (800 miles) east of the capital, Moscow, a university spokesperson and the police said.
Russia’s Investigative Committee said the shooter had been identified as a student at the university. It has opened a murder probe into the incident.
The agency, which handles major crimes, said at least six people had also been injured in the attack. The severity of the injuries was not immediately clear.
The Health Ministry of the Perm region reported 14 people wounded. The different numbers could not be immediately reconciled.
Local media footage captured at the scene showed students fleeing the attack, with some seen jumping from first-floor windows to escape the university building before running to safety.
Other students and staff locked themselves in rooms, while the university urged those who could leave the campus to do so.
The regional health ministry said the wounded included people injured during the shooting and others hurt while trying to escape.
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