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Armed student kills two in Moscow school hostage crisis

Interior Ministry members stand guard outside the premises of a high school, where a student shot a teacher and a police officer dead and held more than 20 other students hostage, on the outskirts of Moscow, on Feb 3, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Interior Ministry members stand guard outside the premises of a high school, where a student shot a teacher and a police officer dead and held more than 20 other students hostage, on the outskirts of Moscow, on Feb 3, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
A schoolgirl (left) of school number 263 is hugged by her relative as she left the school building in Moscow, on Feb 3, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
A schoolgirl (left) of school number 263 is hugged by her relative as she left the school building in Moscow, on Feb 3, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
Pupils of Moscow school number 263 leave the building escorted by policemen, on Feb 3, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
Pupils of Moscow school number 263 leave the building escorted by policemen, on Feb 3, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
A general view of Moscow school number 263, on Feb 3, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
A general view of Moscow school number 263, on Feb 3, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
Interior Ministry members in uniform and other authorities gather outside a high school, where a student shot a teacher and a police officer dead and held more than 20 other students hostage, on the outskirts of Moscow, on Feb 3, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUT
Interior Ministry members in uniform and other authorities gather outside a high school, where a student shot a teacher and a police officer dead and held more than 20 other students hostage, on the outskirts of Moscow, on Feb 3, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Interior Ministry members evacuate people after an armed student took hostages at a high school on the outskirts of Moscow, on Monday, Feb 3, 2014. An armed student entered a Moscow school on Monday and took more than 20 teenagers hostage, in an
Interior Ministry members evacuate people after an armed student took hostages at a high school on the outskirts of Moscow, on Monday, Feb 3, 2014. An armed student entered a Moscow school on Monday and took more than 20 teenagers hostage, in an incident that also claimed the lives of a policeman and a teacher, security officials said. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

MOSCOW (AFP) - An armed student entered a Moscow school on Monday and took more than 20 teenagers hostage, in an incident that also claimed the lives of a policeman and a teacher, security officials said.

The hostage-taker was one of the students of school number 263 on the northern outskirts of Moscow, police officials said.

A policeman and a biology teacher were killed in the hostage crisis, which sparked fresh security fears in Russia ahead of the start of the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi this week.

He had held more than 20 teenage biology class students and the teacher hostage for about 30 minutes before the police moved in, news reports said.

It was not immediately how the teacher and the policeman died.

School official Avitara Sharafetdinova told Vesti 24 state television channel that all children and teachers had been evacuated from the school after the incident.

"All the children have been evacuated," the official said in televised remarks. "There is no one there anymore."

Vesti 24 said the student had made no demands and conducted no negotiation with the police before being "neutralised".

"He has been neutralised," Russian Interior Ministry spokesman Andrei Pilipchuk told Vesti 24.

A later report said the hostage-taker was detained.

Live footage from the scene showed a group of children running from the school and an emergencies ministry helicopter hovering overhead.