Deadly blast at Crimea school possible terror attack, Kremlin says

Deadly blast at Crimea school possible terror attack, Kremlin says”

Some earlier reports had quoted officials saying it was a gas explosion, but a spokeswoman for the regional gas-distribution company said it had no contract to supply gas to the college.

National guard units had reached the scene of the "act of terrorism"' he told Interfax.

The woman, speaking on a mobile phone, says that shortly after she left the college for a meeting elsewhere, assailants attacked the school, throwing explosive devices and firing guns.

The director of the college, who had not been at the scene at the time of the attack, told Russian media that unknown armed men had broken into the building.

Dmitry Peskov, spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin, told reporters that officials are looking into the possibililty it was a terrorist attack.

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. Many of those injured are reportedly in serious condition and medical students have flocked to the hospitals to assist.

"There are already lots of people in the emergency room, and in the operating theatre", the TASS news agency quoted the employee as saying.

An explosion hit a Polytechnic College in Kerch leaving several people dead.

As KerchInfo reports, a gas explosion was the reason for the incident. The cause of the explosion is being investigated by the authorities.

Russian Federation annexed the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea from Ukraine four years ago, prompting worldwide condemnation and Western sanctions.

The bomb blast took place in the city of Kerch, which is the entry point for a new 19km bridge linking Crimea to mainland Russian Federation.

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