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Two students dead after shooting at US school

Police escort buses moving students and faculty from Aztec High School after a shooting Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, in Aztec, N.M. Source: AAP

Two US school students are dead after a shooting at a high school in New Mexico, with authorities confirming a suspect has also been killed.

A shooting a high school in a small US town has killed two students and the suspect as schools throughout the area remained on lockdown as a precaution.

New Mexico police did not release any details about the shooter but confirmed the other two people who were killed attended Aztec High School on Thursday.

The school of about 900 students was cordoned off as authorities cleared the buildings and teens were taken to another location.

A crowd of nervous parents gathered outside City Hall to wait for more information as officers tried to reassure them about the safety of their children.

"The families of the victims were notified immediately. They are in our thoughts and prayers," state police said in a statement on social media.

State and federal authorities are investigating what led to the shooting and did not immediately release any details about the circumstances.

Aztec is a rural community of 6,00 people in the heart of northwestern New Mexico's oil and gas country and near the Navajo Nation.

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