Published: Wed, October 17, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Crimea college rocked by deadly bomb blast

Crimea college rocked by deadly bomb blast

The blast occurred on October 17 at a polytechnic college in the city on the eastern end of the peninsula that Russian Federation seized from Ukraine in 2014, authorities said.

Witnesses report that schools and nurseries are being evacuated across Crimea following the blast, and the school is being inspected for other possible bombs.

An explosive device rigged with metal fragments went off in the canteen of the college, Russian Investigative Committee's spokesperson Svetlana Petrenko said, AP reported.

"It was a real terrorist attack, like in Beslan", Grebennikova said, referring to the 2004 attack and hostage taking that left more than 330 dead.

Dmitry Peskov, spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin, told reporters that officials are investigating.

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The committee said early estimates suggested that 10 people had been killed and more than 50 wounded in the explosion, which took place in the college cafeteria.

"They ran up to the second floor with automatic rifles - I don't know with what - and opened doors.and killed everyone they could find", she said. It identified the attacker as 18-year-old Vladislav Roslyakov, a fourth-year student, who killed himself after shooting his victims.

The Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper quoted student Semyon Gavrilov, who said he fell asleep during a lecture and woke up to the sound of shooting. "There are people with machine guns there", locals say.

"According to provisional information, ten people died, and 50 were injured", National Anti-Terror Committee spokesman Andrei Przhedomskikh told official news agency TASS.

Photographs from the scene of the blast posted by local media outlet Kerch.FM showed that the ground floor windows of the two-story building had been blown out, and that debris from the building was lying on the floor outside.

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