13 dead in bombing at Crimea college

13 dead in bombing at Crimea college

13 people have been killed after an explosive device filled with metal fragments went off in a college in Crimea.

Crimea, officially part of Ukraine, was seized by Russian Federation in 2014 and annexed after a disputed vote that was widely condemned by the worldwide community.

TASS news agency cited Sergei Melikov, the first deputy head of the Russian National Guard, as saying the explosion was an act of terrorism carried out using a homemade bomb.

Olga Grebennikova, the college's director, told Crimean media outlets outside the college that someone had blown themselves up inside the college and that the bodies of children were everywhere. It was reported that several loud bangs were heard right before the explosion rocked the college canteen, with people running and screaming.

"There were lots of corpses, corpses of kids, a real terrorist attack", she said. She said students and faculty were among the dead.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered his security services to establish the cause of the blast and hunt down those respsonsible.

The incident, which happened in the Black Sea city of Kerch, left 50 others injured.

Initial reports had suggested that the blast was some sort of gas explosion. Many of those injured are reportedly in serious condition and medical students have flocked to the hospitals to assist.

"At the moment, there are 13 dead and about 50 wounded, majority teenagers". With ambulances in short supply, the wounded are being taken in private cars. Kerch is the point on the peninsula where a bridge linking Crimea to Russian Federation makes landfall on the Crimean side.Putin opened the bridge to road traffic in May this year, getting behind the wheel of a truck to drive it across the bridge. Earlier, emergency officials said the explosion was believed to have been caused by a gas canister explosion. Russian officials called it a possible terrorist attack.

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