19 Jan 2018 09:42

Teenager brandishing axe attacks school in Russia's Buryatia, he is detained - investigators

MOSCOW. Jan 19 (Interfax) - A teenager brandishing an axe attacked a school in the Russian Republic of Buryatia and was subsequently detained and admitted to a hospital because he attempted to kill himself, Russian Investigative Committee spokesperson Svetlana Petrenko told Interfax.

"There was one assailant. He was hospitalized after he attempted to commit suicide," Petrenko said.

He is currently a suspect, she said.

The Russian Investigative Committee's local branch, for its part, said that investigators have opened a criminal investigation into the incident that occurred at one of the region's schools.

The preliminary information available indicates that a ninth-grade student from one of the schools located in the Sosnovy Bor neighborhood in the city of Ulan-Ude assaulted seventh-grade students with an axe and then set fire to the school's premises using a bottle of inflammable liquid.

"The Russian Investigative Committee's investigative agencies for the Republic of Burytia have opened a criminal case against a student of one of the schools suspected of committing a crime under Part 3 of Article 30, Points "a" and "c" of Part 2 of Article 105 of the Russian Penal Code (attempted murder of two or more people committed against underage persons)," it said.