10 reportedly killed, 50 injured in suspected gas explosion in Crimea college

Remigio Civitarese
Ottobre 17, 2018

Initial reports had suggested that the blast was some sort of gas explosion.

A large-scale emergency response, including the Federal Security Service (FSB) and National Guard, has been mobalised to the scene of the explosion at Polytechnic College in Kerch.

A local official said most of the blast victims were students of the technical college, which is a vocational school for teenagers.

In a video posted on the Internet, a woman identified as the director of the college, Olga Grebennikova, said there were "many corpses, many corpses of children" and called it "a real terrorist act".

Dmitry Peskov, spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin, told reporters that officials are looking into the possibililty it was a terrorist attack.

Officials said an "unidentified explosive device" detonated at the technical college in Kerch, where Russian Federation has built a bridge between the peninsula and Russian Federation.

"There are already lots of people in the emergency room, and in the operating theatre", an employee of the nearest hospital said. Preliminary figures are 50 injured and 10 dead. With ambulances in short supply, the wounded are being taken in private cars.

TASS also quoted medical workers as saying that 18 people had been hospitalized and that they were expecting more injured to be brought in.

As KerchInfo reports, a gas explosion was the reason for the incident.

"The area adjacent to the college has been cordoned off and an evacuation of people who were in the building has been carried out. All services are working at the site of the incident", Crimean Head Sergei Aksenov said on Twitter.

Russian Federation unilaterally annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014, a move that triggered Western sanctions.

The bomb blast took place in the city of Kerch, which is the entry point for a new 19km bridge linking Crimea to mainland Russian Federation.

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