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Timeline: school shootings worldwide

© AFP

Latest update : 2012-12-15

As many as 27 people, including 18 children, were killed on Friday when a gunman opened fire at a primary school in Connecticut, US media say. Here are some of are the deadliest recent shootings in schools and universities around the world.

  • March 13, 1996 - Scotland


A deranged gun collector kills 16 children aged four to six and their teacher at a school in Dunblane. He then kills himself.

  • April 20, 1999 - United States


Two youths aged 17 and 18 armed with guns and more than 30 home-made bombs kill 12 students and a teacher at Columbine high school in Littleton, Colorado before they both commit suicide.

  • April 26, 2002 - Germany


16 people, including 12 teachers and two students, are gunned down at a school in Erfurt in eastern Germany by a 19-year-old former student, apparently in revenge for having been expelled.

  • April 16, 2007 - United States


A South Korean student kills 32 people on his campus at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia. He then kills himself.

  • November 7, 2007 - Finland


An 18-year-old student opens fire in a school in southern Finland killing five boys, two girls and the headmistress before turning his gun on himself.

  • September 23, 2008 - Finland


Eleven people, including the gunman, die in a massacre at a training school at Kauhajoki, Finland.

  • March 11, 2009 - Germany


Nine pupils, three teachers and three passers-by are killed in a school shooting at Winnenden in southern Germany by a former pupil who then kills himself.

  • April 7, 2011 - Brazil


A man believed to be a former student opens fire in a school in Rio de Janeiro killing 10 people and wounding 18 others before taking his own life.

  •  April 2, 2012 - United States


A gunman kills seven people in a rampage at a California religious college, lining up his victims and shooting them one by one.

(AFP)

Date created : 2012-12-14

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