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At least 10 dead in Azeri college shooting

AT least 10 people were shot dead at a university in the capital of oil-producing Azerbaijan today, Azeri news agencies reported.

It was unclear how many gunmen were involved in the shooting at the State Oil Academy in Baku.

The Azeri Press Agency quoted a senior police official as saying the "terrorists" had been neutralised.

Medical officials said at least seven people had died, but Novosti-Azerbaijan and Azeri Trend news agencies both said at least ten had been shot dead.

Police special forces and ambulances rushed to the scene and access roads were closed, a Reuters reporter said.

Mursal Gamidov, head of the Baku ambulance service, said it appeared there was one gunman who he said was a student of the academy.

But a student who asked not to be named told Reuters he believed there were two gunmen.

"As far as I know there were two terrorists," he said. "One of them committed suicide and another was arrested by police."

He said the shooting started shortly after classes began at 9:00am.

Azerbaijan is a mainly Muslim ex-Soviet state on the shores of the Caspian Sea, where it holds vast reserves of oil and gas.


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