18 killed in Crimea college attack

Investigators said 18-year-old Vladislav Roslyakov, a fourth year student, launched an assault against fellow students at his college in the Crimean city of Kerch before killing himself, the BBC reported.

Indo-Asian News Service
Moscow, Publish Date: Oct 17 2018 7:56PM | Updated Date: Oct 17 2018 7:59PM
18 killed in Crimea college attackRepresentational Image

A teenage student detonated an explosive device and opened fire at a technical college in Russian-annexed Crimea on Wednesday, killing at least 18 people and injuring 40 others before turning the gun on himself, Russia's investigative committee said.

Investigators said 18-year-old Vladislav Roslyakov, a fourth year student, launched an assault against fellow students at his college in the Crimean city of Kerch before killing himself, the BBC reported. 

"We quickly established the identity of the young man who arrived at the college immediately before the incident," the investigative committee said in a statement. 

"Based on video footage, he was holding a gun in his hands," it said, adding that his body was later found on the college premises with a gunshot wound. 

Officials initially said that an "unidentified explosive device" had detonated in the college's dining area and called the incident a "terrorist act". But Russia's investigative committee later reclassified it as "mass murder". 

An official said most of the victims were students of the technical college, which is a vocational school for 850 teenagers.

The college's director, who was not at the scene at the time of the attack, told the Russian media that unknown armed men had broken into the building. She compared it to the school siege of Beslan in 2004, during which about 330 people died.

"There were lots of corpses, corpses of kids, a real terrorist attack," she said.

Kerch is located on the Crimean Peninsula's closest point with mainland Russia, to which it is connected by a road bridge. 

Russia annexed Crimea -- which has a majority ethnic Russian populace -- in 2014 following the Ukrainian revolution; although Kiev maintains it is part of its territorial integrity.

Latest News

  1. SOS from Kupwara: Family of pregnant woman in snowbound Keran calls for urgent help
  2. SOS from Kupwara: Family of pregnant woman in snowbound Keran calls for urgent help
  1. Two Pulwama residents arrested in Poonch, two AK 56 rifles recovered: Police
  2. Two Pulwama residents arrested in Poonch, two AK 56 rifles recovered: Police
  1. NC hits out at Srinagar Mayor Junaid Mattu over transfer of Basant Rath
  2. NC hits out at Srinagar Mayor Junaid Mattu over transfer of Basant Rath
  1. NIA files charge sheet against Kashmiri separatist leader Aasiya Andrabi, two others
  2. NIA files charge sheet against Kashmiri separatist leader Aasiya Andrabi, two others
  1. Changing names of cities an attempt to wipe out our pluralistic character: Farooq Abdullah
  2. Changing names of cities an attempt to wipe out our pluralistic character: Farooq Abdullah
  1. No plans to grant MFN status to India: Pakistan Govt
  2. No plans to grant MFN status to India: Pakistan Govt
  1. Sensible of Ram Madhav to clear air on govt formation in Jammu and Kashmir: Omar Abdullah
  2. Sensible of Ram Madhav to clear air on govt formation in Jammu and Kashmir: Omar Abdullah
  1. Bodies of three truckers buried under Kashmir highway landslide recovered after nine days
  2. Bodies of three truckers buried under Kashmir highway landslide recovered after nine days
  1. India's heaviest rocket lifts off with communication satellite GSAT-29
  2. India's heaviest rocket lifts off with communication satellite GSAT-29
  1. Forces launch searches in several villages in Poonch
  2. Forces launch searches in several villages in Poonch
  1. Lawyers protest against erratic power supply in Shopian
  2. Lawyers protest against erratic power supply in Shopian
  1. India, Pakistan armies exchange gunfire along LoC in Rajouri
  2. India, Pakistan armies exchange gunfire along LoC in Rajouri
  1. Rafale probe will throw up names of Modi, Ambani: Rahul Gandhi
  2. Rafale probe will throw up names of Modi, Ambani: Rahul Gandhi
  1. Divisional Commissioner Kashmir issues avalanche warning
  2. Divisional Commissioner Kashmir issues avalanche warning
  1. Panchayat elections: Govt announces holiday in poll-bound areas
  2. Panchayat elections: Govt announces holiday in poll-bound areas
  1. Kashmir University constitutes anti-corruption cell at its examination wing
  2. Kashmir University constitutes anti-corruption cell at its examination wing
  1. Violence against Rohingyas inexcusable, Pence tells Suu Kyi
  2. Violence against Rohingyas inexcusable, Pence tells Suu Kyi
  1. Body of trucker buried under landslide on Kashmir highway recovered after nine days
  2. Body of trucker buried under landslide on Kashmir highway recovered after nine days
  1. 4-year-old Indian boy returning from Umrah dies on flight
  2. 4-year-old Indian boy returning from Umrah dies on flight
  1. Pulwama residents protest against erratic power supply, block Srinagar road
  2. Pulwama residents protest against erratic power supply, block Srinagar road
  1. Taliban kill 12 Afghan security forces in separate attacks
  2. Taliban kill 12 Afghan security forces in separate attacks
  1. Chief medical officer Bandipora escapes unhurt after her office ceiling collapses
  2. Chief medical officer Bandipora escapes unhurt after her office ceiling collapses
  1. Kashmir social media users express ire against Basanth Rath's transfer
  2. Kashmir social media users express ire against Basanth Rath's transfer
  1. JRL calls shutdown across Kashmir on Nov 17 against Panchayat polls
  2. JRL calls shutdown across Kashmir on Nov 17 against Panchayat polls
  1. Woman arrested with grenades was working with Hizb ul Mujahideen: Kashmir Police
  2. Woman arrested with grenades was working with Hizb ul Mujahideen: Kashmir Police
  1. Allow Kashmiris to decide their future: Shahid Afridi to India, Pakistan
  2. Allow Kashmiris to decide their future: Shahid Afridi to India, Pakistan
  1. Shahi Imam welcomes dialogue with Taliban, asks Delhi to initiate talks with Kashmiris
  2. Shahi Imam welcomes dialogue with Taliban, asks Delhi to initiate talks with Kashmiris
  1. India votes against UNGA draft resolution on use of death penalty
  2. India votes against UNGA draft resolution on use of death penalty
  1. Two Hizb militants arrested in Awantipora in south Kashmir: Police
  2. Two Hizb militants arrested in Awantipora in south Kashmir: Police
  1. Twitter storm rages over Trump's Diwali tweet
  2. Twitter storm rages over Trump's Diwali tweet
  1. Ready to form govt, will stake claim when numbers come our way: JK BJP leader
  2. Ready to form govt, will stake claim when numbers come our way: JK BJP leader
  1. Sri Lanka's Parliament passes no-confidence vote against Prime Minister Rajapaksa
  2. Sri Lanka's Parliament passes no-confidence vote against Prime Minister Rajapaksa
  1. Six injured in IED blast in Chhatisgarh
  2. Six injured in IED blast in Chhatisgarh
  1. Sehrai, Malik attend last rites of Geelani's son-in-law in Sopore
  2. Sehrai, Malik attend last rites of Geelani's son-in-law in Sopore
  1. Residential house gutted in overnight fire in Kupwara
  2. Residential house gutted in overnight fire in Kupwara
  1. UN Security Council meets on Gaza violence
  2. UN Security Council meets on Gaza violence
  1. PaK president says no military solution to Kashmir dispute, asks UN to step forward
  2. PaK president says no military solution to Kashmir dispute, asks UN to step forward
  1. Rain, snow to continue in Jammu and Kashmir till Thursday: Weatherman
  2. Rain, snow to continue in Jammu and Kashmir till Thursday: Weatherman
x
This site uses cookies to deliver our services and to show you relevant news and ads. By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Service.That's Fine