10 feared dead in gas explosion at Crimean college

Coat of arms at an entrance to the city of Kerch

An attack that killed at least 18 at a Crimean trade school Wednesday was the work of a student, not terrorism as earlier suspected, officials said.

"The killer shot himself, committed suicide".

The Reuters news agency said Olga Grebennikova, the college's director, had told Crimean news outlets that gunmen entered the building and deliberately fired on students and blew up explosive devices.

Initially, emergency officials said the blast was believed to have been the result of a gas canister explosion.

Law enforcement officials said they were treating the incident, in which numerous victims were teenage pupils, as a terrorist attack.

The deputy head of Russia's national guard troops confirmed the incident was being considered a terrorist attack.




Russian President Vladimir Putin's spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, told reporters that officials were looking into a possible terrorist attack.

Video footage from the scene showed armoured personnel carriers and military trucks lined up on the approach to the college, in the Crimean city of Kerch. Most of the victims were students, she added.

TASS, also state-run, quoted an unnamed law enforcement official as saying that about 70 people were injured and an unknown number of them had died.

He said police arrived about 10 minutes later to evacuate people from the college and he saw dead bodies on the floor and charred walls.

"At the moment, there are 13 dead and about 50 wounded, majority teenagers". FM showed the ground floor windows of the two-storey building had been blown out and debris was lying on the ground outside.

Russian Federation annexed Ukraine's Crimea region in 2014, prompting worldwide condemnation and Western sanctions.

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