Crimea college attack: Death toll grows to 21 people

The explosion which was initially reported as a gas explosion took place in the cafetaria of a local school

The explosion which was initially reported as a gas explosion took place in the cafetaria of a local school

"It´s a colossal tragedy, 18 people died, and 40 more injured, for the time being", Aksyonov told Rossiya 24 channel, after authorities earlier said 50 people were injured.

Authorities on the Crimean Peninsula were searching for a possible accomplice of the student who carried out a shooting and bomb attack on a vocational school, killing 20 people and wounding more than 50 others, an official said Thursday.

A gunman burst into a college in the Black Sea region of Crimea, set off a bomb in the cafeteria, and went through the building shooting, officials and the college's director said.

The Kerch attack was by far the deadliest carried out by a student in Russian Federation, raising questions about school security. The attacker, who committed suicide - Vladislav Roslyakov - was not listed.

She said the explosion made "mincemeat" of the victims and several had limbs amputated.

He said he believes that the 18-year-old shooter Vladislav Roslyakov must have had accomplices in order to methodically attack so numerous students and teachers after saying he hated them for humiliating him.

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All the victims died of gunshot wounds.

The missing data could frustrate investigators trying to determine why Roslyakov opened fire at the school in the city of Kerch on Wednesday before killing himself.

If Vladimir Putin has blamed the "globalization" process, in which implicitly the United States, the leader of Crimea Sergei Aksionov has seemed to accredit the thesis of a popular saying in the aftermath of the massacre that Vladislav Rosliakov might "not have acted alone". "Everything started with the tragic events in schools in the U.S.", Putin said at an worldwide policy forum in Sochi.

He promised that the government will do everything necessary to help those wounded.

"The attack questions the state's ability to provide security in Crimea, a new region" for Russian Federation, the daily Vedomosti said on Thursday.

The city of Kerch published a list on Thursday morning of the 19 people killed in a tragic Crimean technical college shooting, orchestrated by a lone teenage gunman.

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Local media reported that the explosion happened in the cafetaria, where an improvised explosive device (IED) allegedly went off.

There seems to be some disbelief among Russian officials that the Kerch rampage could have been a lone wolf attack and not part of something broader and more directed.

Military forces block the road to the site of attack at a vocational school in Kerch in Crimea, Russia. He didn't name the man, saying only that he was a local resident.

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.

There have also been several reports in the Russian media that the mother of the Kerch gunman may have been a Jehova's Witness, a group that Russia declared a year ago to be extremist.

The nature of the assault remained unclear after Russia's National Anti-Terrorism Committee said an "unidentified explosive device" had gone off. "Because Russian occupation in the occupying territory is reaching its most aggressive form", Chubarov said in parliament on Thursday.

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Social media users have expressed their shock and sadness at the attack, posting photos of candles shining in the darkness, and using Russian hashtags that translate as #KerchWeMourn and #KerchWeAreWithYou.

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