October 18, 2018 08:14
Russian investigators say a 22-year-old student was responsible for a bomb attack and a mass shooting that killed 18 people and wounded at least 50 others Wednesday at a technical college in Crimea.
Investigators and the college's director said following the explosion a gunman went through the building shooting anyone he saw at the school in the city of Kerch.
The top Russian official in Crimea, Sergei Aksyonov, said the student committed suicide following the attack. Presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov says Vladimir Putin ordered a thorough investigation and offered condolences to the victims' families.
A local ombudswoman told TASS news agency most of the victims were students.
President Putin said at a Moscow news conference more than one person may have been involved in the attack and that investigators are trying to determine a motive.
Russian officials provided various explanations about what actually happened at Kerch Polytechnic College. They first reported a gas explosion, then said an explosion occurred in the school's canteen in a suspected terrorist attack.
Russia's National Anti-terrorism Committee said all of the fatalities were the result of gunshot wounds after previous statements from other officials saying they died in the explosion. The committee later said the attack was a case of mass murder and not terrorism.
Images of the scene of the blast provided by local media outlet Kerch.FM showed ground floor windows of the two-story building had been blown out and debris from the building on the ground outside.
Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine four years ago, a development that resulted in the West imposing sanctions against Russia.
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