13 dead in bombing at Crimea college

Saul Bowman
October 20, 2018

Witnesses told AFP on Wednesday they heard shooting and a "loud explosion" as well as people wounded by "shrapnel and bullets".

Mr Shoigu was also cited as saying that space in military hospitals in Crimea was available for the victims. "Where were the men who were there in large numbers?"

"He wasn't aggressive, he was rather timid", Aksyonov said, speculating that Roslyakov might have "watched some movies" that inspired him to go on the shooting spree.

"It's a tragedy that I could never have imagined, even with this change of atmosphere", said Fyodor Mostepanov, a 68-year-old retired manual worker who has lived his whole life in Kerch and calls the attack a "personal tragedy". It said all the victims died of gunshot wounds.

"The history of Crimea will be divided in two - before and after October 17", the leader of the Moscow-annexed peninsula Sergei Aksyonov told a crowd of hundreds at Kerch's central square. He then shot himself dead, Russia's investigative committee said.

Aksyonov said Kerch Polytechnic College would reopen Monday, while Russia's National Guard placed armed guards around all schools and daycare centers throughout Kerch. He was a fourth-year student of that college.

Russia's Investigative Committee had earlier described the incident as a terrorist act, but later re-classified the case as mass murder.

"I want to express condolences to the relatives of the dead and express the hope that the injured recover as quickly as possible", the president said, calling for a minute's silence to mourn the victims.

Pupils and college staff were among those killed, she said.

"At the moment, 13 are reported dead, 50 others were injured, a lot of them are teenagers".

"The fact that he acted alone at the scene is understandable".

Kerch Polytechnic College had only a front desk with no security guards.

Russian investigators and residents of the peninsula are looking to understand what motivated the killer and how he was able to carry out a massacre of this scale.

Attacks by disaffected teenagers at schools and colleges have hit the headlines recently in Russian Federation.

The alleged perpetrator was 18-year-old College student Vladislav Roslyakov. Yet Russian news media reported that at least some of the victims died in an attack by an unidentified gunman or gunmen. Russian Federation in the past few years has seen several school shootings that authorities say were reportedly inspired by gun violence in the U.S.

Russian news media showed a security camera image of the suspect wearing white T-shirt walking down the school's stairs with a shotgun.

The attack prompted calls for the security services in Russian Federation to have greater control over the Internet. He did not elaborate.

"There are 15 students, of them six minors, and five adults among those killed", the report says.

After all, as some Russian observers have been arguing, there is much less the government can do when an attack is down to an attacker with his or her own private motives. Explosives experts inspected the college building for other possible bombs, according to Anti-Terrorism Committee spokesman Andrei Przhezdomsky.

It said about 50 others were wounded, but gave no further details.

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