There were 714 children and about 70 employees at the school, including 52 teachers, present at the time of the incident.

It was not clear if there were more shooters but the 17-year-old attacker who was arrested had shot eighth grade students and a teacher.

The TASS News Agency reported that the arrestee informed the police that he had placed a bomb at his home.

Law enforcement agencies are working at the scene, and security measures have been strengthened at all educational institutions in Kazan.

An eyewitness told the news agency that the attacker had carried out an explosion and then went on a shooting spree.

The school, founded in 2006, has 1,049 students and 57 teachers.

Tatarstan President Rustam Minnikhanov described the shooting as a "tragedy", the BBC reported.

Responding to the attack, Russian President Vladimir Putin said he would review Russia's gun control laws.

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