A mass murder occurred Wednesday at a college in Crimea

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Many of the victims were teenage pupils at the school .The suspect was identified as 18-year-old Vladislav Roslyakov, a fourth-year student at the school. More than 40 people were  wounded. Russian officials at first reported a gas explosion, then said an explosive device ripped through the college canteen in a suspected terrorist attack. Witnesses reported that at least some victims were killed in an attack by a gunman. All the victims already died of gunshot wounds. The attacker acted alone. Roslyakov was captured on CCTV entering the college holding a gun shortly before the shooting began. During the continued confusion, Russian President Vladimir Putin  – who had talks with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi in Sochi – said the victims were killed by an explosion just as the Investigative Committee was announcing they were fatally shot.

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Polytechnic College in the city of Kerch

Local officials declared a state of emergency on the Black Sea peninsula Crimea. Military units were deployed around the college. A spokesman for the National Anti-Terrorism Committee said bomb technicians were examining an explosive device found at the scene. Russian Health Minister Veronika Skvortsova headed to the area to help coordinate assistance. “The motives and theories of this tragedy are thoroughly investigated,” Putin said. The Investigative Committee opened a criminal probe based around terror charges but later reclassified the case as one of “mass murder.” Crimea is under Russia’s control since it sent troops to seize the peninsula from Ukraine in 2014.

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