Moscow, Dec 13 (EFE).- At least eleven people were injured Monday when a teenager detonated a bomb in an orthodox school in the Russian city of Serpukhov, some 100 kilometers south of Moscow.
“The 18-year-old terrorist himself suffered, as well as 10 children. One teenager refused to be hospitalized. The rest of the children are placed in hospitals in the Moscow region. Nothing threatens their lives,” the Ombudsman for the Rights of the Child in the Moscow Region, Ksenia Mishonova, was quoted as saying to Interfax news agency.
The explosion occurred during morning prayers after the attacker arrived at the school and activated the homemade bomb which tore off his leg.
Although at first the attacker was presumed dead, a source later told Russian agency TASS that he was still alive and “was hospitalized in an extremely serious condition.”
The 18-year-old graduate from Serpukhov Orthodox gymnasium allegedly also brought a knife, similar to a machete, to the school where he detonated the bomb.
According to a source cited by Interfax, the attack was allegedly due to “the suspect’s hatred of the school teachers and nuns against the background of personal hostile relations.”
The Russian Investigation Committee has launched an investigation after opening two criminal cases for attempted murder and illegal possession of explosive devices, the agency has said in a statement.
“A group of criminalists made up of the most experienced agents in the Moscow region is working on the scene,” the statement added.
The Russian Orthodox Church expressed its condolences to the victims of the attack.
“Wherever attacks like these occur, they cause the same pain and the desire to prevent them from happening again in the future,” Russian Orthodox Church spokesman Vladimir Legoyda said on his Telegram channel. EFE