The man who organised the terrorist attack on the Polytechnical College in the city of Kerch in the Crimea committed suicide. The man was 22 years old, he was a fourth-year student of the college, the head of the Crimea, Sergei Aksenov said, adding that the student was a resident of Kerch.
Eyewitnesses say that there was a shooting inside the college building before the explosion occurred there. The explosion took place on the first floor, and someone was shooting at those who were on the second floor, reports say.
The building of the college was damaged as a result of the explosion. Rescue services say that some may still remain under the rubble. As many as 15 people are believed to be missing.
"I looked out of the classroom and saw a guy with a rifle shooting everyone. I closed the door in a hope that he will not find me. The police came in about ten minutes. I don't know what happened to the shooter. When they started evacuating people, I left too. All windows in the corridor, where the explosion occurred, were smashed. Bodies were everyone on the floor," an eyewitness said.
Three days of mourning were declared in the Crimea in connection with the terrorist attack. All schools and kindergartens in the city of Kerch were closed.
It was reported that the shooter exploded his bomb after he ran out of cartridges.
The number of hospitalised individuals has increased to 40.
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