School massacre in Crimea: 17 killed, 50 injured after ex-student opens fire and detonates a bomb
17 students have been killed and at least 50 injured in a massacre at a school in Crimea today.
An 18-year-old ex-student walked into a school canteen and fired a gun, killing 17 students and then himself, officials said.
It is thought the gunman also set off a homemade bomb in the canteen but that the device did not kill anyone.
Terrified students ran and screamed during the attack on Kerch Polytechnic College.
One said: ‘There was a guy with a gun and shooting everyone. I did not know what to do’. Another added: ‘The walls were covered in blood, we climbed the fence to escape.’
The director of the college said: ‘There were lots of corpses, corpses of kids.’ Police initially suspected a terrorist attack but later described it as mass-murder.
The Kremlin has said they fear the explosion at the school in the port city of Kerch, was a terror attack.
It is thought a majority of the victims were teenage students at the school, a technical college which provides vocational training to pupils.
When the powerful blast rocked the school preliminary reports suggested that a gas leak might have caused the incident. However, the site which has been cordoned off is currently being inspected by FSB explosive ordnance teams and forensic experts.
NAC spokesman said FSB and police task forces were dispatched to Kerch. All law enforcement units are working on investigating the blast and “preventing other possible explosions.”
Russia’s Health Minister Veronika Skvortsova is set to arrive in Crimea to coordinate relief efforts.