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Gunman wounds 3 in Greek school

A TEENAGE student armed with two handguns, dozens of bullets and a knife opened fire in a vocational training college in Athens yesterday, wounding three people before shooting himself in the head, Greek authorities said.

The 19-year-old gunman died of his injuries after being taken to a hospital. He left a note accusing his fellow students of picking on him.

"He succumbed during the operation to save him," senior Health Ministry official Panayiotis Efstathiou said.

Police said an 18-year-old electronics student at the western Athens state college was seriously injured and two men outside the college building were shot and lightly injured. All three were hospitalized.

Although there have been cases of stabbings at Greek schools, the shooting is unprecedented. "Such incidents are foreign to the Greek educational system," said Deputy Education Minister Andreas Lykourentzos.

Police identified the gunman as an immigrant from the Georgian breakaway region of Abkhazia.

Police also said the teenage gunman had warned of the attack hours earlier on an Internet posting.

It was confirmed that the man seen on the posting on the popular social networking site was the 19-year-old gunman.

A note included on the posting said he felt "nothing but rejection and contempt" for those around him. The posting included photographs of him posing with weapons.

Stathis said the gunman shot his fellow student four times. "He may have believed (the victim) was most strongly involved in the activities against him."

The shooter was armed with two handguns, while 66 9-millimeter bullets and a knife were found in his bag.

Fellow students described the gunman as a lonely youth who had little to do with his peers and favored black clothing and long overcoats.


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