A bomb explodes at a Russian school, injuring 12 people.

 An 18-year-old former student was identified as a suspect in the explosion after a homemade device exploded at a school linked to an Orthodox Christian convent, Russian officials said Monday.

According to the Russian Interior Ministry, the device went off at the Vladychny convent in Serpukhov, a city 105 kilometers (65.2 miles) outside of Moscow.

Authorities stated the adolescent accused of placing the device had survived and was in critical condition. According to media sources, he may have been motivated by a dislike for the school's professors and nuns.

Students and staff were evacuated from the location. The Russian Investigative Committee has launched an inquiry.

The leader of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, requested assistance for those injured in the explosion and expressed hope that authorities would do all possible to avoid such an incident from happening again.

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