At Least 17 People Killed In Attack At School In Crimea

Larry Hoffman
October 18, 2018

At least 18 people were killed and dozens others injured in an attack at a vocational college in the Crimean peninsula's port city of Kerch on Wednesday.

Sergei Aksyonov, the regional leader in Crimea, said the fourth-year student at the school had acted alone and killed himself in the school's library after the attack.

Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said four military planes were ready to evacuate casualties for medical treatment, the Interfax news agency reported.

Explosives experts were inspecting the college building for other possible bombs, according to committee spokesman Andrei Przhezdomsky.

"There are bodies everywhere, children's bodies everywhere", the school's director, Olga Grebennikova, told Crimean news outlets, Reuters reported. Russia's Investigative Committee, the nation's top investigative agency, said the device that went off at the college's canteen was rigged with shrapnel.

Officials said an "unidentified explosive device" detonated at the technical college in Kerch, where Russian Federation has built a bridge between the peninsula and Russian Federation.

Kerch is the landing point and namesake of a bridge that opened earlier this year to connect Crimea to Russian Federation.

"An unidentified explosive device was blown up in Kerch", the NAC said.

However, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters that terrorism was among the versions being studied, and that President Vladimir Putin had ordered security services to investigate.

"Then a strong explosion went off, but thank God, I was already outside and saw our guys being thrown out of the windows by the explosive wave", said the student.

The committee's spokeswoman, Svetlana Petrenko, said 13 people were killed and about 50 were injured.

An employee at a hospital in Kerch was quoted as saying that 18 people had already been admitted with injuries and that doctors were expecting about 50 more wounded to arrive.

Russian Federation annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014, prompting worldwide condemnation and Western sanctions.

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