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Police officer and teacher killed at Moscow school shooting

The gunman shot and killed a police officer and teacher before taking the students hostage.

The police helicopter lands outside the school.
The police helicopter lands outside the school.
Image: http://lifenews.ru/news/126521

A MOSCOW HIGH-school student shot a teacher and a police officer dead and held more than 20 other students hostage in a classroom before he was disarmed and detained earlier today, police said.

In a rare school shooting in Russia, the attacker entered his school in northern Moscow carrying a rifle and held students and a teacher hostage in a biology classroom.

Police later said the attacker had been detained and led out of the school and into a waiting car.

According to the Lifenews website, he initially shot one officer and then opened fire at others who arrived at the scene.

“The person who took 20 people and a teacher hostage is a student in the upper classes at the same school. He has been neutralised and all the students have been freed,” Interior Ministry spokesmanAndrei Pilipchuk said on state TV.

“One policeman was fatally wounded during the operation and died in hospital, and a teacher at School No. 263 was also killed,” he said.

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The shooting sent dozens of students scurrying out the school while a police helicopter landed in a snow-covered field outside.

It came with Russia in the global spotlight four days before it hosts the 2014 Winter Olympics in the Black Sea resort city of Sochi.

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