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Ural teen school attacker swayed by Columbine High School massacre

April 18, 10:28 UTC+3 MOSCOW

Two people were injured after a 17-year-old student attacked a school in the city of Sterlitamak

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MOSCOW, April 18. /TASS/. A teenager who attacked a school in Sterlitamak had been publishing hate pictures on his VKontakte social page since late February, and right before this attack, he posted a video about the Columbine High School massacre in the US.

According to the information published on the teenager’s page, he deleted part of the data from his account on April 16. The last note was published on Wednesday at about 06:00 Moscow time. It was a video about the deadly attack in Columbine High School in the US.

He has been uploading photos and videos devoted to these events, murders and hatred to his page since late February.

"According to preliminary information, a 17-year-old remedial student at public school number 1 in the city of Sterlitamak entered a computer science room where his schoolmates were located and slashed a schoolgirl’s hand, moving on to knife a teacher,” the Investigative Committee said in a report. He then proceeded to pour out a combustible substance and set it on fire. "He wounded himself with a knife," the Investigative Committee specified.

Another schoolgirl panicked and jumped out of a window on the second floor. Two victims and the teenager himself were taken to hospital.

On social networks there are ‘Columbine fan clubs’ devoted to the Columbine High School massacre in the Western US state of Colorado. In April 1999, two heavily armed teenagers opened fire on students and personnel and set off homemade explosive devices on the school’s premises and in the surrounding area. The attackers injured 37 people, 13 of whom later died. Following the assault, they committed suicide by shooting themselves.

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