Massacre in a secondary school in Crimea
The explosion of an “unidentified device” in the dining room of a secondary school in the city of Kerch (Crimea) and a series of shots against teachers and students caused at least 19 deaths, according to the Russian National Counter-Terrorism Committee.
The alleged perpetrator of the attack is a student who “committed suicide,” said Prime Minister Serguei Aksionov. “He was in his fourth year, his body was found in the library,” the official told the Russian channel Rossiya. A head of the official agency, Andrei Prjedomsky, said on television that there were about 50 injured and that most of the victims are teenagers.
Russia initially opened an investigation into a “terrorist act,” in Crimea confirmed spokeswoman Svetlana Petrenko. But the line lost relevance when having a main suspect.
This is an 18-year-old boy (and not 22 as reported), blond and short-haired, called Vladislav Roslyakov: images from the school’s security cameras show him manipulating a large rifle. “There was an explosion, all the windows broke, and then some armed people started running, opening doors and shooting everyone,” a school teacher told the story, according to RT.
A student named Semion Gavrilov narrated that “a familiar face started to shoot the students, it seems that he is one of our companions”. Another student said he saw “many, but I can not say how many, they shot students and teachers, anyone who crossed.”
Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke of “a tragedy” and expressed his condolences to the relatives of the deceased and injured. “The health authorities will do everything possible to ensure the prompt recovery of the injured and the results of the investigation will be made public,” he added.
The Tass news agency reported that “more than 200 soldiers from the southern district and about 10 heavy vehicles were sent to Kerch by order of the commander of the armed forces, to help.” The Crimean peninsula is a territory that Russia and Ukraine have been fighting over since 2014.
With info from RT and Tass
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