Russia Says Explosive Device Caused Crimea Blast, 10 Feared Dead

Marsha Scott
October 17, 2018

It said in a statement that 13 people had been killed and around 50 wounded, many of whom were teenage children.

Russia's RIA news agency cited an official at the National Anti-Terrorism Committee, a law enforcement body, as saying the blast was caused by an unknown explosive device.

Video footage from the scene showed armoured personnel carriers and military tucks lined up on the approach to the college, in the Crimean city of Kerch. The committee's spokesman Andrei Przhezdomsky said bomb technicians were inspecting the building for other explosive devices. "There are people with machine guns there", locals say.

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. She said students and faculty were among the dead.

According to the college's website, it accepts students as young as 14.

Olga Grebennikova, the college's director, told Crimean media outlets outside the college that someone had blown themselves up inside the college and that the bodies of children were everywhere.

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Aksyonov said on state television that the attacker was a fourth-year student at the vocational school who killed himself after the attack.

"I locked the door, hoping he wouldn't hear me", the paper quoted Gavrilov as saying.

TASS also quoted medical workers as saying that 18 people had been hospitalized and that they were expecting more injured to be brought in.

Dramatic photos published by local media show the windows on the ground floor of the two-storey building have been shattered, with debris scattered across the floor.

Russian Federation annexed Ukraine's Crimea region in 2014, prompting worldwide condemnation and Western sanctions.

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