Students killed in gun rampage

SEVERAL students are reported to have died after a crazed 20-year-old gunman fired numerous shots in a vocational high school in Finland.

SEVERAL students are reported to have died after a crazed 20-year-old gunman fired numerous shots in a vocational high school in Finland.

The attacker, a student at the school, has now been disarmed.

Superintendent Jussi Muotio of the Kauhajoki police said: "The incident is over now."

He added that authorities did know if the gunman has killed anyone, but they feared that "several have been wounded".


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Terrified students were evacuated as shots were heard from inside school buildings in Kauhajoki, 120 miles from Helsinki.

Local journalist Timo Huovinen reported that a video apparently posted by the gunman had been found on video sharing website YouTube.

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Clips of a man in a leather jacket firing a gun were uploaded hours before the shooting.

The posting included a message saying "life is pain. And you will fight alone in your personal war."

The Kauhajoki Palvelualojen Oppilaitos, where the shooting occurred, is a vocational college for students aged 16 and over.

Around 200 students were in the school building when the gunman began to attack.

The shooting comes less than a year after a massacre at a Finnish high school in Jokela, north of Helsinki.

On November 7, 2007, 18-year-old student Pekka-Eric Auvinen shot six students, the school's headmistress and a nurse before turning his gun on himself.

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