Published: Wed, October 17, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

At least 10 dead in explosion at Crimean college

At least 10 dead in explosion at Crimean college

The head of a Crimean college said unknown gunmen had burst into the building, let off explosives, and started shooting anyone they saw.

In a video posted on the Internet, a woman identified as the director of the college, Olga Grebennikova, said there were "many corpses, many corpses of children" and called it "a real terrorist act".

More than 10 people were killed and over 30 injured.

The National Anti-Terrorism Committee said in a statement that the blast at the college, in the city of Kerch in eastern Crimea, was caused by an explosive device.

Russian Federation annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014, a move that was deemed illegal the European Union and United States and that triggered global sanctions.

Pupils and college staff were among those killed, she said.

However, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters that terrorism was among the versions being studied, and that President Vladimir Putin had ordered security services to investigate.

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The incident, which happened in the Black Sea city of Kerch, left 50 others injured.

"There are already lots of people in the emergency room, and in the operating theatre", an employee of the nearest hospital said.

Russian media first reported the blast as the result of a gas explosion.

Crimean emergency services and ambulances were scrambled shortly after the blast was heard.

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

Sergei Melikov said the explosion had been caused by an improvised explosive device. Located in the easternmost tip of Crimea's Kerch peninsula, the area is connected to mainland Russian Federation by the newly-built massive Crimean bridge.

Russian Federation has opened a probe into a terrorist attack.

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