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Teen kills 18 students in Crimea college shooting

Reuters/Moscow
Filed on October 17, 2018 | Last updated on October 17, 2018 at 11.17 pm
A rescuer carries an injured victim at the college in the city of Kerch on Wednesday. — AFP
A rescuer carries an injured victim at the college in the city of Kerch on Wednesday. - AFP

Pupils and staff described scenes of mayhem as panicked pupils tried to flee the building.

At least 18 people were killed and dozens injured at a college in the Black Sea region of Crimea on Wednesday when a student went through the building shooting at fellow pupils before killing himself, Russian law enforcement officials said.

Eighteen-year-old Vladislav Roslyakov turned up at the college in the city of Kerch on Wednesday afternoon carrying a firearm and then began shooting, investigators said. His body was later found in the college with what they said were self-inflicted gunshot wounds.

There were no immediate clues as to his motive in mounting such an attack, which recalled similar shooting sprees carried out by students in US schools.

Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014, prompting international condemnation and Western sanctions. Many of the victims were teenage students who suffered shrapnel and bullet wounds.

Pupils and staff described scenes of mayhem as panicked pupils tried to flee the building. They said the attack had started with an explosion, followed by more blasts, and a hail of gunfire.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, at a meeting in the southern Russian resort of Sochi with his Egyptian counterpart, declared a moment's silence for the victims.

"This is a clearly a crime," he said. "The motives will be carefully investigated."

The director of the school, Olga Grebennikova, described the scene that she encountered when she entered the college building after the attack. "There are bodies everywhere, children's bodies everywhere. It was a real act of terrorism. They burst in five or 10 minutes after I'd left. They blew up everything in the hall, glass was flying," Grebennikova told Crimean media outlets.

"They then ran about throwing some kind of explosives around, and then ran around the second floor with guns, opened the office doors, and killed anyone they could find."

Soon after the attack, Russian officials said they were investigating the possibility that it was terrorism.


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