17 killed, dozens wounded in Crimea college attack

17 killed, dozens wounded in Crimea college attack

Simferopol: At least 17 people were killed and dozens more wounded after an attack on a college in Russian-annexed Crimea on Wednesday.

Russia´s Investigative Committee said the attack was carried out by 18-year-old student Vladislav Roslyakov, who was captured on security camera footage carrying a gun in the technical college in Kerch and whose body was later found with gunshot wounds.

The Investigative Committee, which probes major incidents, had initially classified the attack as an act of terror, but later said it was investigating a mass murder after "this young man shot dead people in the college and then committed suicide," adding that all victims died of gunshot wounds.

The attack had first been reported as an explosion, with Russia´s National Anti-Terrorism Committee saying an "unidentified explosive device" had gone off.

Committee spokesman Andrei Przhezdomsky said bomb squads were working "at the blast site", adding that the body of Roslyakov was found in the college next to a pump-action gun.

The Investigative Committee said 17 were killed in the attack which took place at around 12 noon (0900 GMT) on the peninsula, which was annexed by Moscow from Ukraine in 2014.

However Crimean leader Sergei Aksyonov told Russian Rossiya-24 television that the death toll had risen to 18, with more than 40 injured.

"The supposed killer shot himself, it´s a student in the fourth year who was studying at the college. His body was found in the library on the first floor," Aksyonov wrote on Facebook.