An axe-wielding teenager injured five children and a teacher during an attack at a school in Russian Federation, officials say.
Russia's Investigative Committee said the ninth-grader entered a classroom during a lesson on Friday and attacked seventh-graders and their teacher.
The victim, who is thought to be a customer, was attacked at 12.45pm in what police say was an "isolated incident". The attacker, a student in the school, allegedly chopped off one of the victim's fingers, and hit several children in the head with an ax.
The regional office of the emergencies ministry confirmed the fire at the school, but said the flames were quickly extinguished.
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The teen reportedly asked his friends to be his accomplices but they refused, a source close to the situation told Interfax. He then threw a Molotov cocktail into a classroom and started a fire, injuring five. "He was detained and is now in the hospital, as he attempted suicide", she said. Another girl sustained injuries after being slashed in the face.
According to the ICR, the suspect is a pupil of the 9th grade of one of the schools located in the Sosnoviy Bor district of the city of Ulan-Ude.
Classes have been cancelled and authorities are investigating the attack.
The attack, which happened on the outskirts of Ulan-Ude in a region near the Russia-Mongolia border, was the country's second such incident in a week.