Crimea explosion may be terror attack

Suspected terrorist attack 10 killed dozens injured in explosion in Crimea college

He was speaking during talks with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and made the statement before the Investigative Committee said the crime was a mass shooting rather than a terrorist attack.

Students wept over the coffins of classmates Friday at the funeral of 20 people killed in a school shooting in Crimea dubbed the "Russian Columbine", the worst massacre of its kind in the region's history.

Aksyonov, who described the alleged attacker, Vladislav Roslyakov, as "timid", speculated that "some movies" may have inspired the shooter to carry out the attack. Many of those victims were also children.

At least 17 people were killed and dozens more wounded, a lot of them teenagers, after an attack on a college in Russian-annexed Crimea on Wednesday, with conflicting versions referring to a lone shooter and a bomb.

At a news conference in Moscow, Russian President Vladimir Putin said investigators were working to determine a motive for the attack.

Putin said the tragedy in Kerch is a signal that the humanity is failing to adapt to new realities of the globalized world. Radio columnist Dmitry Drize of Kommersant FM argued that measures such as even stricter gun laws or restrictions on social media won't necessarily help.

"He was walking around and shooting students and teachers in cold blood", Sergei Aksyonov, the regional leader in Crimea, declared, the Associated Press (AP) reports. He didn't name the man, saying only he was a local resident and was acting alone.

Witnesses AFP spoke to on Wednesday reported they heard shooting and a "loud explosion" as well as people wounded by "shrapnel and bullets".

The suspect was identified as 18-year-old Vladislav Roslyakov, a fourth-year student at the school, according to a spokeswoman for Russia's Investigative Committee.

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Sergei Melikov, a deputy chief of the Russian National Guard, said the device was homemade.

Russian television reported that she works as an orderly at one of the hospitals that treated victims.

According to the authorities, the explosive device in the canteen was "filled with metal objects" and caused substantial damage to the building's first floor. It was a terrorist attack. He did not elaborate.

Media published details about the killer, who officials say committed suicide at the end of his rampage.

It said information on the victims is being clarified and that "most of them are teenagers".

Ordinary Russians and authorities are struggling to come to terms with the attack in a part of the world where school shootings are practically unheard of. Twenty people died in the attack and 50 more were taken to hospitals with injuries. Explosives experts inspected the college building for other possible bombs, according to Anti-Terrorism Committee spokesman Andrei Przhezdomsky.

The head of Crimea, Sergei Aksyonov, and Russia's Health Minister Veronika Skvortsova headed to the area to coordinate assistance to those injured.

Russian Federation annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014, trigging Western sanctions.

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