MOSCOW, April 18 (RAPSI) – Investigators of Russia’s Bashkortostan Republic have launched two criminal cases after an incident in Sterlitamak town where a teenager allegedly attacked a teacher and tried to set a school on fire, the Investigative Committee has stated.

According to preliminary information, a 17-year-old student entered an informatics class and used a knife to cut a classmate’s hand and stab a teacher. Later he allegedly used a flammable liquid to set the school on fire which made one of the students to jump out of the window. The alleged attacker reportedly stabbed himself.

The fire did not result in any casualties. The suspect and the victims were transferred to a hospital.

Law enforcement officers are investigating the circumstances of the incident. Two criminal cases were launched, one is classified as attempted murder and another one is classified as negligence.

Russia’s Children Rights Commissioner Anna Kuznetsova is closely monitoring the situation, her press-service stated.

In January, Russian schools suffered two attacks. On January 15, a student in the 10th grade and a former pupil of the same school in Perm intentionally caused multiple stab wounds to nine 4th graders and their teacher. The victims were hospitalized. The alleged attackers have been charged with attempted murder of more than two children collusively committed by a group of persons.

On January 19, a student of Buryatia's school entered the building and attacked pupils of the 7th grade; after that he set fire in a classroom with a bottle containing flammable liquid. Three children and a teacher were injured during the attack.