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    Blast at Kerch Polytechnic College (18)

    Initially, the incident was thought to have been a gas explosion, however subsequent reports from the college revealed that it was an explosive device that caused the deaths of dozens.

    Deputy head of Kerch city administration Dilyaver Melgaziyev said that the death toll after the deadly attack was estimated at 20.

    The press-service for the Crimean Ministry of Health named earlier named earlier preliminary data saying that at least 10 died. “We are clarifying the information at the moment. Preliminary figures are 50 injured and 10 dead. Eight ambulance crews are working at the site and air medical services are involved,” the press service said.

    Medics announced that at least 50 people were injured in the explosion in Kerch and 25 have already been taken to local hospital with moderate wounds.

    Local news outlets reported that earlier in the day, students at the college heard a blast and windows of the building were shattered.


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    • 23:17
      Blast at Kerch Polytechnic College

      Kerch Attack Victims Were Injured By Improvised Explosive Device Blast

      KERCH (Sputnik) – Those wounded in the deadly attack on a college in the city of Kerch in Crimea had sustained injuries from a blast of an improvised explosive device containing metal items, Russian Healthcare Minister Veronika Skvortsova said.
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    • 21:55

      Four of Those Killed, Five of 10 People in Severe Condition After Kerch Attack Identified, Says Deputy Head of City Administration

      "The bodies of nine people have been taken to a mortuary. They are being identified now. The bodies of four people have been identified so far. Three of them are children," Dilyaver Melgaziev, the deputy head of the city administration, told reporters.

      The official added that five of those who are in a severe condition, have been identified by their teachers in a hospital.

    • 20:49

      Russian Health Minister Says Three of Wounded in Kerch College Attack in Coma, 10 in Intensive Care

      "Five people are being prepared for the evacuation and five people are in very serious condition. They are in critical condition and they are not stable yet. Three of them are in a grave coma after surviving several cardiac arrests. They have all undergone surgeries over severe wounds to their limbs and organs," Russian Healthcare Minister Veronika Skvortsova said.

    • 20:08

      Russian National Guard Will Ensure Security of Each School in Kerch

      Crimea's head Sergei Aksyonov pledged that starting from Thursday, Rosgvardia would ensure security of each kindergarten and school in the city by dispatching two armed officers to premises of each such facility.

      The Crimean head also said that those injured who remain in serious condition would be photographed for identification.

    • 18:47

      Kerch College Attacker Acted Alone - Crimea Head

      "The offender was on the spot alone, he is a fourth-year student at this technical school. We are figuring out what triggered his actions. The investigators are trying to find out whether he had accomplices," Sergei Aksyonov told reporters.

    • 17:29
      Blast in College in Kerch

      Mourning Declared in Crimea Following Attack on Polytechnic College in Kerch

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - A three-day mourning has been declared in Crimea after 19 people were killed and about 50 others received injuries of varying severity in a shooting attack on a polytechnic college in the Crimean city of Kerch on Wednesday, which was followed by a blast caused by the detonation of an unidentified explosive device.
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    • 16:21

      Council of Europe Offers Condolences Over Tragedy in Crimea's Kerch - Spokesman

      "Devastating. Tragic. Nothing is as important as the lives of our young ones. We express our condolences to all those close to the victims," Council of Europe spokesman Daniel Holgen told Sputnik on behalf of the Secretary General Thorbjorn Jagland.

    • 16:19

      Italian Deputy Prime Minister Expresses Condolences to Families of Kerch Attack Victims

      "I express my condolences to the families of the people who were killed today during this terrorist attack in college in Kerch. This worries me very much," Salvini said at the "Russia-Italy: Challenges and Perspectives of Economic, Industrial and Commercial Cooperation" event.

    • 15:57

      Second Explosive Device Found During Search of Kerch Attacker’s Possessions, It Has Been Defused - Operative HQ

      "The second explosive device was found in personal belongings in the college building. It was destroyed with the use of a pressure charge," the spokesman for the operational headquarters at the site of the incident told reporters.

    • 14:52

      German Chancellor Offers Condolences Over Deadly Attack in Crimea's Kerch

      "Devastating reports of the attack on a school in Crimea: Chancellor Merkel mourns the many lost young lives. Our sympathy goes out to the families of the victims and all the injured," Steffen Seibert, the spokesman for the government said on Twitter.

    • 14:21

      Death Toll in Kerch Incident Rises to 19 - Emergency Services

      "As of 17:00 Moscow time [14:00 GMT], 19 people died, a few dozen are in hospitals," a local official said. He added that out of 37 wounded people 16 were in serious condition and were undergoing surgery at local hospitals.

    • 14:10

      Student Who Attacked Kerch College Received Permit for Hunting Weapons Earlier in October - Ombudsman

      Blast at Kerch Polytechnic College

      'No Country Can Guarantee 100% Protection' – Security Expert on Kerch Incident

      The head of the International Counter Terror Training Association (ICTTA), Josef Linder, has in an interview with Sputnik commented on the tragic incident at a Kerch college, where a student detonated a homemade explosive device and shot multiple college employees and students on October 17, 2018.
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    • 13:51

      Egyptian Leader Expresses Condolences to Families of Those Killed, Injured in Crimea Blast

      “Allow me, on my own behalf and on behalf of the Egyptian people, to express to you and the Russian people my sincere condolences over the tragic incident that occurred in Russia today,” Sisi said after a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

    • 13:49

      Emergency Services: At Least 16 Injured in Kerch Remain in Serious Condition, Undergoing Operations

    • 13:23

      Explosive Device Found in Crimean College - Anti-Terrorist Committee

    • 13:06

      Ukrainian Authorities Boost Security at Border With Crimea After Kerch Blast

      "Taking into account the situation related to the explosion … in Kerch, the State Border Service staff took a number of measures aimed at enhancing security at the administrative borders," the press service of Ukraine’s State Border Guard Service said in a statement.

      Blast in College in Kerch

      Ukrainian Authorities Boost Security at Border With Crimea After Kerch Blast

      KIEV (Sputnik) - The Ukrainian border guards stepped up security measures at the border with Crimea following a deadly explosion at a college in the city of Kerch, the press service of Ukraine’s State Border Guard Service said on Wednesday.
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    • 13:01

      Blast and Shooting in Kerch Was Committed by College Student - Russian Investigative Committee

      "A young man that came to the college immediately prior the incident, holding a gun in his hands, has been identified. It was a 4th year college student, 18-year-old Vladislav Roslyakov. His body with a gunshot wound was found in one of the localities of the college. On the basis of the pattern of the crime, the investigators believe that the young man shot people in the college and then committed suicide,” the Committee spokeswoman stated.

      According to the National Anti-Terrorism Committee, the search for potential organizers and perpetrators of the attack in the college is ongoing. The investigators are working to confirm whether Roslyakov, found to have shot himself, had been behind the crime, the committee said.

    • 12:53

      Death Toll From Kerch Attack Rises to 17 - Russian Investigative, Anti-Terrorist Committees

      "Operatives and special services are working at the scene of the explosion that hit the building of the polytechnic college in Kerch today. According to updated data, the death toll reached 17 people," the committee's statement read.

      The Russian Investigative Committee provided the same figures in its account on WhatsApp.

    • 12:50

      Criminal Case Over Kerch Attack Reclassified as Killing of Two or More People by Socially Dangerous Means

      "Based on the crime scene, investigators preliminary assumes that this young man shot people, who were in the college, later committing a suicide. In this connection, the criminal proceedings previously instituted under article 205 of the Russian Criminal Code was requalified to the Section 2 of Article 105 of the Russian Criminal Code (killing of two or more persons with generally dangerous method)," Svetlana Petrenko said.

    • 12:48

      Putin on Blast in Kerch: Already Clear This Was Crime, It's Versions, Motives Being Thoroughly Studied

      "It is already clear that this was a crime. The motives and versions of this tragedy are being thoroughly studied," the Russian President said.

      Earlier in the day, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that FSB Director Alexander Bortnikov updated Putin on the blast in Kerc, which occurred while the president was holding talks with his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

    • 12:42

      There Could Have Been More Than One Attacker in Kerch - Russian Investigative Committee

    • 12:36

      Putin Expresses Condolences to Families of Kerch College Attack Victims

      The Russian President added that the motives behind the crime are being thoroughly investigated.

    • 12:32

      Victims at Crimean College Died From Gunshot Wounds - Russian Investigative Committee

      "Investigators and forensics have already proceeded with the examination of the crime scene. The initial examination of the [victims'] bodies indicates that they died as a result of gunshot wounds," the spokeswoman for the committee stated.

    • 12:28

      Witness Comments on What Happened Right After the Explosion in Kerch

      Local television network Kerch TV interviewed an eyewitness who ran to the college building after hearing an explosion. He shared what he saw in the aftermath of the incident.

      Q: How many people were hurt?
      A: More than 30
      Q: More than 30? Where are they? I only saw four ambulances
      A: We were using public transport, buses, fixed route taxi-vans and loaded 2-3 people in each ambulance.
      Q: Were there [college] employees, students among those injured?
      A: Both employees and students
      Q: What happened there?
      A: A pop and gunshots
      Q: Gunshots? Were there armed men?
      A: I have no idea. I heard it and I ran here.
      Q: And what did you see?
      A: People with arms and legs ripped off
      Q: Could it have been [a] gas [explosion]? Maybe they threw something in?
      A: I don't think so. It must have been gunfire.
      Q: Where did it happen? On the ground floor? In any specific room?
      A: There [on the ground floor] was an explosion and on the first floor…
      Q: Were there gunshots?
      A: …There were dead people
      Q: What time did it happen? Around 12:00?
      A: 40 minutes ago. May be 13:00.
      Q: Could we specify something? Did the explosion happen on the ground floor?
      A: I was there [in the distance]
      Q: Are you a [college] employee?
      A: No
      Q: Do you work somewhere nearby?
      A: I work as a cook [in a facility] nearby
      Q: And you heard an explosion and ran here? Did you see broken windows, this entire scene?
      A: Well the place has been cleaned up now, but there were people lying with arms and legs ripped off
      Q: Outside?
      A: Yes, outside. Around 30 people.
      Q: Were they unconscious?
      A: No, they were conscious, shocked
      Q: Were some of them dead?
      A: Those who were dead are still lying there
      Q: Were those passing-by helping anyone?
      A: Yes, everybody who could was helping

    • 12:21

      Witness Alexander on Blast in the Crimean College

      "I was driving by while on other business and heard an explosion. I stopped and saw that a crowd of people had begun gathering near the college. I approached to see what was going on. There was already a lot of law enforcement agencies, ambulances, traffic police, military personnel, firefighters… They carried away the victims. There was no central entrance, it was taken out, and there were no windows on the first floor.

      Now, various rumors are circulating about what happened, whether it was a terrorist attack or gas explosion. There is plenty of evidence that it was not gas, but rather an explosive device," the witness said.

      Deputy Head of the Administration of the City of Kerch, Dilyaver Melgaziev also commented on the issue.

      "A task group is working. It will be possible to say something once the mission has been completed. We’ve taken all the necessary measures. Ambulances are ready, health care institutions are ready, social workers and psychologists are all in place. The administration’s emergency response team has been deployed. Everything that’s necessary under the priority plan has been done," he noted.

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      Witness on Kerch Blast: There Was No Central Entrance, There Were No Windows

      A deadly blast has rocked a college in Crimea's Kerch, leaving at least 17 people dead and 50 more injured. The blast has been classified by the Russian Investigative Committee as a terrorist attack. According to eyewitnesses, it was an explosive device that went off on the first floor and gunfire was heard.
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    • 12:15

      Death Toll From Kerch Blast Rises to 18 - Crimea Head

      "I am at the scene in Kerch. It is an immense tragedy. Eighteen people were killed and more than 40 were injured," Aksyonov told the Rossiya 24 broadcaster.

    • 12:14

      Man Suspected of Committing Terrorist Attack in Crimea has Killed Himself - Crimea Head

      "A student of the same educational institution, 22 years old, was in his fourth year," Aksyonov said on the Rossiya 24 television channel, adding that the young man was a resident of Kerch, and that after the blast he killed himself.

    • 11:47

      Security Forces to Patrol Crimean Bridge More Frequently Following the Explosion in Kerch

    • 11:46

      College Director on Blast in Kerch

      “Five minutes after I left, some people burst in. They blew up the lobby, all the windows were shattered. They were running around throwing firecrackers. Then, armed with assault rifles, they were running around the second floor, opening doors to the classrooms and killing everyone who came their way… a real terrorist attack! Like in Beslan! I would have been dead by now because they shot dead all my people, children and the staff… I don’t know,” the college director told local media.

      According to the website Kerch.com.ru, the explosion occurred on the first floor and the shooting took place on the second. More than 10 people were killed and over 30 injured. All medics, emergency personnel and police have been scrambled to the site.  With ambulances in short supply, the wounded are being taken in private cars. According to preliminary information, it was a terrorist act.

    • 11:43

      Death Toll from Explosion in Crimea Rises to 13 - Russian Investigative Committee

      "At the moment, there is information that 13 were killed and about 50 wounded, most of them teenagers. The information about those injured is being specified," Investigative Committee spokeswoman Svetlana Petrenko said.

    • 11:39

      Three Days of Mourning to be Held in Kerch Following the Explosion - Crimean Head Aksyonov

      "I express the most sincere and deepest condolences to the families and friends of those killed in the explosion at the Kerch Polytechnic College. Shocked by this terrible tragedy, I share your pain and grief. Three days of mourning will be declared in Crimea in connection with this tragedy," Sergei Aksyonov wrote on Facebook.

    • 11:21

      Blast in Kerch Was a Terrorist Act - Russian Investigative Committee

      According to investigators, an unidentified explosive device filled with metal objects detonated in a cafeteria at a tech college in Kerch. The committee has also begun interviewing witnesses and examining surveillance camera footage.

      "Criminal proceedings have been initiated by the Russian Investigative Committee over the death of people as a result of an explosion at a Kerch college," the press service for the committee said on WhatsApp, citing spokeswoman Svetlana Petrenko.

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      Criminal Proceedings Begun After Deadly Blast in Crimea's Kerch – Investigators

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Criminal proceedings have been initiated over a deadly blast at a college in Crimea's Kerch, the Russian Investigative Committee said in a statement.
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      Russian Investigative Committee

      Blast at College in Crimea's Kerch is Terrorist Attack - Russia's Investigators

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - A deadly blast in Crimea's Kerch is classified by investigators as a terrorist attack, the Russian Investigative Committee's spokeswoman said on Wednesday.
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    • 11:18

      Military Seen Securing Area Around Site of Blast in Kerch

    • 10:54

      Terrorist Act Considered Possible Cause of Blast in Crimea - Kremlin

      "Tragic news coming from Kerch. An explosion. The president has been informed ... Information on those killed and the number of injured is constantly being updated," Peskov told reporters.

      "[The version of this being a terrorist attack] is being considered," he said.

      People visit Zaryadye Nature-Landscape Park in Moscow, Russia. Background from left: Spasskaya (Savior) Tower of the Moscow Kremlin and domes of Intercession of the Most Holy Theotokos on the Moat Cathedral (St. Basil's Cathedral)

      Terrorist Act Considered Possible Cause of Blast in Crimea - Kremlin

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The information about the explosion at a college in Crimea's Kerch has been reported to Russian President Vladimir Putin, the version of a terrorist act is being considered among others, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov has stated.
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    • 10:48

      Putin Orders that Assistance Be Provided to Victims of Blast in Kerch - Kremlin Spokesman

      "The president has instructed the Ministry of Health and the rescue services to take emergency measures to assist victims of this explosion, if necessary, to ensure the urgent transportation of seriously wounded patients to leading medical institutions of Russia, whether in Moscow or other cities," Kremlin spokesman Dmitriy Peskov said.

      The president also expressed his condolences to all those affected by the tragic incident.

    • 10:34

      Blast in College in Kerch Allegedly Caused by Explosion Device - National Anti-Terrorist Committee

      In the wake of Wednesday's explosion in Kerch, the operational headquarters of the National Anti-Terrorism Committee coordinates activities to prevent secondary explosions, the NAC said.

      "The operational headquarters coordinates the activities of law enforcement and emergency services to determine the cause of the explosion, prevent more explosions and implement necessary administrative and security measures," the report said.

    • 10:26

      Crimean Head Aksenov Leaves for Kerch Following the Blast - Source

      “Immediately went to the Kerch Polytechnic College to look into the circumstances and coordinate work to eliminate the consequences of what happened and help the victims. The cause of the explosion is being investigated by the authorities. All services are working at the site of the incident,” Crimean Head Sergei Aksyonov said on Twitter.

    • 10:22

      At Least 20 People Sent to Hospital in Kerch With Moderate Injuries Following Explosion

      Twenty people have been hospitalized following Wednesday’s explosion in the Crimean city of Kerch, a local emergency services representative told Sputnik. 
      “Twenty people are already in the First City Hospital, all of them with non-life-threatening injuries,” the official said.

    • 10:14

      Officers of Russian Federal Security Service are Working at Site of Blast in Kerch

      "All emergency service specialists have left the building, FSB specialists are working at the site of the explosion," the source said.

      The site of the blast that rocked a city college in Kerch is being examined by FSB bomb disposal experts and law enforcement agencies are searching for clues that might lead to the arrest of the perpetrators, the National Antiterrorist Committee said in a statement.

      “Acting on orders from the head of the NAC’s local headquarters, FSB, Interior Ministry, Russian Guards and Emergency Ministry units have arrived at the site. The territory around the college has been cordoned off and the people inside the building evacuated… Mine-disposal experts are working at the site and law enforcement specialists are investigating,” the statement said.

    • 10:12

      Gas Explosion at College in Kerch Considered Most Likely Cause - Source

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