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Moscow teen kills 2

Moscow, Feb. 3 (Reuters): A Moscow high-school student shot a teacher and a police officer dead and held more than 20 other students hostage in a classroom in a possible revenge attack today, days before Russia hosts the Winter Olympics under tight security.

The teenager was disarmed and detained less than two hours after the shooting following negotiations aided by his father, Interfax news agency said. News agencies said he might have been seeking revenge over a conflict with a teacher. Any such violence could rattle nerves at a time when athletes and spectators are arriving for the Sochi Games.

Investigative Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin said the student may have suffered an “emotional breakdown” when he entered the school in northern Moscow with two of his father’s rifles and shot a geography teacher several times. “We were in the stairwell when we heard the man outside yelling to the police officer to open the door, and then we heard shooting,” said Ivan Fodokin, 17, a student at School No. 263. The midday shooting sent students scurrying into the street in sub-zero temperatures while a police helicopter landed in a snow-covered field outside and at least six ambulances rolled up to the scene.

 
 
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