Attack on Crimean Technical College Kills 18

Glen Norman
October 18, 2018

After the findings, the investigators reclassified the criminal case from a "terror attack" to a case of "the murder of two or more people".

The town of Kerch is on the western end of a new bridge between Russian Federation and Crimea.

The nature of the attack remained unclear after Russia's National Anti-Terrorism Committee said that there was an explosion and investigators initially said an "unidentified explosive device" had gone off.

Numerous victims from Wednesday's attacks were teenage students who suffered shrapnel and bullet wounds.

"The President has instructed the Ministry of Health and Emergency Services Ministry to take emergency measures to assist victims of this explosion, if necessary, to ensure the urgent transportation of seriously wounded patients to leading medical institutions of Russian Federation, whether in Moscow or other cities", Peskov said.

Officials at first reported a gas explosion, then said an explosive device had ripped through the cafeteria during lunchtime in a suspected terrorist attack.

After Wednesday's attack, local officials declared a state of emergency on the Black Sea peninsula and cordons of Russia's National Guard circled the school.

The committee's spokesman Andrei Przhezdomsky said sappers are inspecting the building for other explosive devices. Kerch is the point on the peninsula where a bridge linking Crimea to Russian Federation makes landfall on the Crimean side.

"I locked the door, hoping he wouldn't hear me", Gavrilov told the Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper.

An unnamed witness who worked nearby said in a video on website victims "were taken away in public transport, in minibuses and buses, with 2 or 3 people in each ambulance".

Witnesses said that the attacker fired shots but also spoke of hearing an explosion. Russia's Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said the military was sending forces and supplies to help the victims.

Olga Grebennikova, the college's director, told Crimean media outlets in an interview outside the college that the bodies of children were everywhere. "Then they told us to leave the building through the gymnasium", she said. "They're bringing in people all covered in blood, some with arms missing, some with legs missing". They burst in five or 10 minutes after I'd left.

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic has expressed his condolences over "the terrorist attack" in Kerch in Crimea, Russian agency TASS reported on Wednesday.

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