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Boy (13) kills teacher with crossbow and wounds four others in Barcelona school

Raquel Castillo

Published 20/04/2015 | 11:18

Emergency service members attend students at the Joan Fuste Institue in Barcelona on April 20, 2015 after a student allegedley broke into the school armed with a crossbow killing a teacher and wounding four others
Emergency service members attend students at the Joan Fuste Institue in Barcelona on April 20, 2015 after a student allegedley broke into the school armed with a crossbow killing a teacher and wounding four others
People stand behind a police cordon outside a school in Barcelona, Spain (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

A 13-year-old boy has been arrested after a teacher was killed and others injured at a school in Barcelona.

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Police would not confirm whether the unidentified boy was a student at the school in a working class Barcelona neighbourhood where the attack took place.

Two young girls walk towards police officers in front of an ambulance, outside a school in Barcelona, Spain (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
Two young girls walk towards police officers in front of an ambulance, outside a school in Barcelona, Spain (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
Two girls stand outside a school in Barcelona, Spain (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
People wait outside a school in Barcelona, Spain (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

Spokesmen confirmed the teacher was killed with a weapon that had a blade. Spanish National Television and other media outlets reported that the boy was carrying a knife and a crossbow.

Two other teachers and two students were also said to have suffered minor injuries in the attack.

The attack took place at a public high school for students aged 12 to 16. After the attack, parents and students gathered outside the school in stunned silence, hugging each other.

A spokesman for regional police said it was too early to determine whether the incident - a very rare event in the country - was an attempt to copy the April 20, 1999 attack in Columbine, Colorado, that saw 12 students and one teacher killed.

Two young girls comfort each other outside a school in Barcelona, Spain (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
Two young girls comfort each other outside a school in Barcelona, Spain (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
An ambulance waits outside a school in Barcelona, Spain(AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

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