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School in Russian-annexed Crimea hit by deadly attack

18 October 2018, 12:56:00

A student has attacked a vocational college in the Russian-annexed peninsula, Crimea, killing at least 17 people before killing himself, according to Russia's Investigative Committee.

The committee said CCTV footage showed 18-year-old student Vladislav Roslyakov entering Kerch Polytechnic College with a rifle on Wednesday and firing at students.

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"Currently, there are 17 known deaths. The initial inspection of the bodies suggests that they died from gunshot wounds," the committee said in a statement.

The incident in Kerch, a city of 147,000 people, was initially reported as a gas explosion and a possible "terrorist" attack. But the committee later said it was a case of mass murder.

More than 40 people were injured in the attack.

Anastasia Yenshina, a 15-year-old student at the college, said she was in a toilet on the ground floor of the building with some friends when she heard the sound of an explosion.

"I came out and there was dust and smoke, I couldn't understand, I'd been deafened," she told the Reuters news agency.

"Everyone started running … I saw a girl lying there. There was a child who was being helped to walk because he could not move on his own. The wall was covered in blood.

"Everyone was scared. People were crying."

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