Published: Wed, October 17, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Several killed in blast on Crimea college campus

Several killed in blast on Crimea college campus

Russian President Vladimir Putin said the attack was a tragedy and offered condolences to the victims' families.

The wars were followed by an Islamist insurgency in the North Caucasus region, east of Crimea, and insurgents have claimed responsibility or been blamed for most of the bombings and other attacks in Russian Federation over the years.

This is a developing story.

Emergency officials said earlier that the blast had been caused by a gas canister explosion.

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Sergei Melikov said the explosion had been caused by an improvised explosive device.

The attacker behind a blast in a Crimean school that killed at least 18 people on Wednesday was a student who "shot himself", the leader of the Russian-annexed peninsula Sergei Askyonov said.

The Tass news agency reported that most of the victims were students and quoting a National Guard official who said the incident was a terror attack.

An ambulance at the scene. Video footage from the scene showed armored personnel carriers and military trucks lined up on the approach to the college, in the Crimean city of Kerch.

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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 Crimea from Ukraine in 2014, prompting Western sanctions.

Around 20 people have been rushed to hospital by paramedics and doctors are expected around 50 more wounded.

Olga Grebennikova, the college's director, described a scene of bloodshed at the college, which provides vocational training. One person could be seen on a stretcher being carried onto a bus.

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

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