21 wounded while trying to stop knife fight at school in Russia

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By Alastair Jamieson and Alan Kaytukov  with NBC News
Image: School attack in Perm
A Russian Emergencies Ministry vehicle is parked near a local school after reportedly several unidentified people wearing masks injured schoolchildren with knives in the city of Perm, Russia on Jan. 15, 2018.   -   Copyright  Maksim Kimerling Reuters

A teacher and 11 children were hospitalized Monday during a knife fight at a school in Russia, authorities said.

A further nine students were treated by paramedics at the scene in the city of Perm, officials said. The ages of the victims and their conditions were not immediately known.

Image: School attack in Perm
A Russian Emergencies Ministry vehicle is parked near a local school after reportedly several unidentified people wearing masks injured schoolchildren with knives in the city of Perm, Russia on Jan. 15, 2018. Maksim KimerlingReuters

An attempted murder investigation was launched into the incident, which began as a fight between two teenagers, the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation's Perm division said in a statement.

The injuries occurred as students and teachers tried to subdue the perpetrators, it said, adding that both had been detained.

One of the suspects was a former student while another attended the school, local news site 59.ru reported, citing local police sources. One of them was undergoing psychiatric treatment and was known to authorities, it added.

Police and ambulances were called at 10:20 am local time Monday (00:20 a.m. ET) to School No. 127 in the Motovilikhinsky area of the city, which lies near the Ural Mountains about 850 miles to the east of Moscow.