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Sao Paulo school shooting: 8 children and two adult killed in Brazil

At least eight people were killed in a school shooting in Brazil's Sao Paulo state, local media report, citing police.

Besides the five students, the dead included a teacher and a school administrator, said Joao Camilo Pires de Campos, the state's public secretary.

Television pictures showed anxious family members congregating outside the Raul Brasil school in the greater Sao Paulo area, alongside firefighters and security services.

Standing outside the school, Claudio Cabral said he had been trying to reach his nephew, 17-year-old Douglas Mourinho, so far without luck.

Another ten people, mostly school children, were shot and injured, with several in serious condition, said police.

Latin America's most populous nation has the largest number of annual homicides in the world, but school shootings are rare.

Military police Colonel Marcelo Sales said the two attackers "shot at the owner of a gas station", who is now receiving hospital treatment, before entering the school.

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"I heard a lot of screaming", she said.

Nine others were wounded in the school attack and hospitalized, he said. The last major incident of this type occurred back in 2011, when 12 schoolchildren were shot dead in Rio de Janeiro by a former student.

Gun laws are extremely strict in Brazil, but it is not hard to illegally purchase a weapon.

Police officers guard the entrance of the school.

"We can't let those who take advantage of this tragedy speak about how disarmament is the solution", he tweeted, adding: "Weak and shameful 'disarmament farce, ' which gave guns to criminals and prevented self-defence".

About 1,000 children attend the school, police said.

"It's a very sad scene, the saddest thing I've seen in my entire life".

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