Teenager kills 19 in Crimea college shooting

Teenager kills 19 in Crimea college shooting

A student went on a shooting rampage and then killed himself at a technical school in Crimea, which also was hit by an explosion, Russian authorities said Wednesday.

It was the greatest loss of life in school violence in Russian Federation since the Beslan terrorist attack by Chechen separatists in 2004, in which 333 people were killed during a three-day siege, many of them children, and hundreds were wounded.

The investigators said that "after shooting other students and staff workers of the college, Roslyakov committed suicide", the Investigative Committee message reads.

Investigators, however, later identified the attacker as 18-year-old Vladislav Roslyakov, a fourth-year whose body was found "with a gunshot wound" on the premises. He didn't name the man, saying only he was a local resident and was acting alone.

The Investigative Committee, the law enforcement body that investigates major crimes, said initial information was that an explosive device packed with metal objects had gone off in the cafeteria of the college.

Russia's counter-terrorism agency says the blast that killed 10 people at a college in Crimea was triggered by an explosive device.

Russian Federation annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014, prompting worldwide condemnation and Western sanctions, but since then there have been no major outbreaks of violence on the peninsula.

Another student, Semyon Gavrilov, told the Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper that he saw "a young man with a gun walking around shooting everybody", and how he himself had survived by hiding in a classroom.

"I locked the door, hoping he wouldn't hear me", said Gavrilov, who recalled seeing dead bodies lining the floor and charred walls as he evacuated the school with the help of police.

Bloody victims, most of whom were teenagers, were taken to hospital in ambulances and minibuses.

Russian state television showed video of military armored vehicles driving rapidly towards the college.

A second explosive device found among the possessions of the chief suspect in a deadly attack on a college in Crimea has been disarmed, said officials.

Over the past few years, Russian security agencies have arrested several Ukrainians accused of plotting terror attacks in Crimea, but no attacks have occurred.

They said the attack had started with an explosion, followed by more blasts, and a hail of gunfire.

Witnesses did not speak of an explosion but said one or more armed men attacked the school.

Russian Federation has annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014, a move that triggered Western sanctions.

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