Shocking footage of a man bursting into the grounds of a junior school in Russia’s second city, St. Petersburg, has sparked fears for the safety of students and teachers after he was seen waving a knife and shouting relentlessly.
A source told Interfax on Monday that the unknown trespasser had “entered the school, slipping past the security.” Staff reportedly pressed a panic button summoning the emergency services to the scene.
“The man broke into the territory of a private kindergarten, holding a knife,” the source added. “He can’t put two words together and is obviously drunk, under the influence of drugs, or suffering from mental illness.”
However, according to a statement from local officials, when officers arrived at the scene, the knifeman was nowhere to be seen and had already left the grounds. Police are now looking for the suspect.
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In May, an attack on a school in Kazan left nine dead and more than a dozen injured. The assailant, Ilnaz Galyaviev, a former pupil, opened fire and detonated an explosive device, leaving students scrambling for safety and climbing through windows to escape the shooting. The killer, who was captured by police, left a series of chilling messages ahead of the slaying, claiming that he was “like a God.”
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