Belarus teen stabs teacher, classmate to death

An ambulance drives out of the territory of a local school following an incident involving a student, who reportedly attacked his classmates and teachers in Stolbtsy near Minsk, Belarus February 11, 2019. — Reuters pic
An ambulance drives out of the territory of a local school following an incident involving a student, who reportedly attacked his classmates and teachers in Stolbtsy near Minsk, Belarus February 11, 2019. — Reuters pic

MINSK, Feb 11 — A 15-year-old Belarusian today stabbed his teacher and a classmate to death while seriously injuring two others, authorities said, in a rare school attack in the ex-Soviet nation.

The teenager arrived at school before the first lesson and stabbed his history teacher in the neck, fatally injuring her, local media reported.

He then entered a neighbouring classroom and killed a student, before escaping via the window and injuring two more.

Police arrested the attacker some two hours later, according to reports.

The regional office of the interior ministry confirmed a 53-year-old teacher and one student had been killed, while two other students were in intensive care.

The incident took place in Stolbtsy, a town 70km southwest of the capital Minsk.

The attacker deleted his social media presence the day before the killings, according to media.

School killings are rare in authoritarian Belarus and elsewhere in the former USSR.

In October last year a student at a secondary school in Kerch, Crimea, killed 20 people and injured more than 40 others in a planned gun attack.

Authorities then blamed “globalisation” and “social networks” for bringing the phenomenon of school shootings from the United States. — AFP