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A Recent History of Deadly School Shooting Sprees

The shooting spree at a school in the south of Germany on Wednesday added to the growing list of killings by students at schools and universities.

Police outside the scene of Germany's school shooting

Following is a list of deadly shootings in Europe:

-- March 11, 2009: A 17-year-old shoots dead at least nine students, three teachers and three bystanders before killing himself during a shoot-out with police in southern Germany.

-- Jan. 23, 2009: A man with a white painted face and blackened eyes fatally stabbed two infants and a woman at child care center in western Belgium.

-- Sept. 23, 2008: Ten killed in a shooting spree by a gunman at a trade school in Kauhajoki, 300 kilometers north-west of the Finnish capital Helsinki.

-- Nov. 7, 2007: In the Finnish town of Tuusula, an 18-year-old high school student shoots dead six other students, a school nurse and the director before killing himself.

-- Nov. 20, 2006: An 18-year-old former pupil opened fire after storming the Scholl school in the western town of Emsdetten, Germany. He wounded at least 11 people before killing himself.

-- April 26, 2002: In Erfurt, Germany, a 19-year-old high school student who had been ejected from the Gutenberg-Gymnasium school goes on a rampage, killing 12 teachers, two students, a school secretary and a policeman before killing himself.

-- Feb. 2002: In Freising, Bavaria, a former student who had been thrown out of trade school shot and killed three people before killing himself. Another teacher was injured.


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