Crimea school blast attacker, a student

Crimea school blast attacker, a student”

Wednesday's attack was the deadliest act of violence at a Russian school since the Beslan terrorist attack in 2004, when 333 people, many children, died after Chechen fighters seized a school.

Officials said the fourth-year student killed himself in the library of the Kerch Polytechnic College after the attack.

"But the authorities do not want to panic the population", Alexei, a 21-year-old former student who refused to give his last name, told AFP.

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.

The announcement that the shooter in Wednesday's attack was a student who acted alone came after hours of rapidly shifting explanations as to what exactly happened at the school.

Russia's Investigative Committee, the nation's top investigative agency, said the attacker was caught on security cameras entering Kerch Polytechnic College in the Black Sea city of Kerch and firing at students.

This was a real terror attack.

Teenagers and staff were among the dead, the teacher added, and at least 50 people were injured in the attack.

An armed 18-year-old student in the Black Sea port city of Kerch killed 20 people, majority fellow pupils, and wounded dozens at his college on Wednesday, law enforcement officials said.

He added that 53 people were injured in the attack. They also beefed up security at a new 19-kilometre bridge linking the peninsula with Russian Federation, which opened earlier this year.

However, BBC notes that "there have been five attacks in schools in Russian Federation this year where a number of children were injured".

"Some people have feet, lower legs missing", she said.

Of those injured in the attack, a number remained in a "very serious condition", according to Russian health minister Veronika Skvortsova.

Russian news agencies say that up to 10 people may have been killed and at least 40 others wounded by a natural gas explosion at a college in Crimea.

An employee at a hospital in Kerch was quoted as saying 18 people had already been admitted with injuries from the explosion, and that doctors were expecting around 50 more wounded to be brought in. "It was terrifying. We didn't know where to run". When students do try to go on a rampage, they usually fail to get their hands of firearms and instead use a knife of an axe, which means the casualty numbers are relatively small.

In one of Russia's leading newspaper, Kommersant, anonymous security officials said investigators were examining whether Roslyakov had links to nationalist groups in Ukraine, referring to another case in which Russian prosecutors alleged a young Ukrainian man, Pavel Grib, tried to persuade a Russian teenage girl in Sochi to place a bomb at her school.

A source in the emergency services told RIA Novosti state news agency that Roslyakov had legally acquired a gun licence. Teachers and classmates have described the student as a shy person with few friends.

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