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Eight killed, 28 injured in shooting at Russian university

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Moscow, Sep 20 (AP) A gunman opened fire at a university in the Russian city of Perm on Monday morning, killing eight people and injuring 28 others. Officials gave this information.

The home ministry said the suspect was taken into custody after he was injured in an encounter with the police. There is currently no information available about his identity or possible motive.

Students and personnel of Perm State University locked themselves in rooms during the attack. Videos posted on Russian news websites showed some students jumping from the window of a two-story building.

In some photographs, a man wearing a helmet in dark clothing is seen walking on the sidewalk of the campus with a long-armed weapon. The Russian investigative committee has spoken of the use of the gun.

According to the Home Ministry, the traffic police unit was the first to reach the spot and the suspect also attacked them. According to the ministry, in retaliation by the police, he was shot, after which his weapon was taken.

Although firearms laws are strict in Russia, many people obtain weapons permits for hunting. Reports citing officials said the suspect had a permit for a pump-action shotgun, though it was not clear whether this was the weapon used or another.

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In May, a gunman opened fire on a school in the city of Kazan, killing seven students and two teachers.

The university has 12,000 students and it said there were around 3,000 students on campus when the shootings took place. The city of Perm, located about 1,100 km east of Moscow, has a population of about one million.

The inquiry committee said 28 people were injured in the attack, some of whom have been hospitalised. However, he did not provide any further details. The health ministry said 19 of them had been shot, although it was not known how the others were injured.

AP

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