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Suspected terrorist attack 10 killed dozens injured in explosion in Crimea college

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Ruptly has published the first photos from Kerch Polytechnic College where a student killed 20 people by detonating a homemade explosive device and opening fire with a gun.

Crimea's regional leader Sergei Aksyonov initially said the perpetrator was a 22-year-old student in the school who lives in Kerch and shot himself afterwards.

"He would say that he lost trust in people when his classmates began humiliating him for not being like everyone else", a 15-year-old named as Zlata told the Kremlin-funded RT television outlet.

The media reported earlier that the same Committee had confirmed earlier that "it was a terrorist attack" and that "an explosive device that was activated at the university was filled with metal fragments (for impact)".

The announcement that the shooter in Wednesday's attack was a student who acted alone came after hours of rapidly shifting explanations as to what exactly happened at the school.

While such school shootings are rare in Ukraine and Russian Federation, which illegally annexed Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula in 2014, AP reported that the bloodbath raised questions about school security, as the Kerch school had only a front desk with no security guards.

It said in a statement that there were around 50 people wounded in the attack.

"Vladislav was always telling me about his frequent fights with people around him", she said.

In this image made from video, showing the scene as emergency services load an injured person onto a truck, in Kerch, Crimea, Oct. 17, 2018.

Yet as the day wore on Thursday, neither Russian investigators nor other authorities followed up on Aksyonov's comments hinting at a wider attack plot.

Security had been stepped up in the city of 150,000 in the far east of Crimea, where a recently-opened bridge links the Russian mainland to the annexed territory.

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The Interfax news agency cited local officials as saying up to 10 people might have been killed and about 40 others might have been injured by the blast.

Putin, speaking Wednesday after talks with his visiting Egyptian counterpart Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, said investigators are looking into the circumstances of the attack and its motives.

"Some people have feet, lower legs missing", she said.

Health minister Veronika Skvortsova told journalists that most of those who died suffered gunshot wounds.

According to the college's website, it accepts students as young as 14.

Dozens more remain hospitalised in Kerch.

Putin said the fact that teenagers get a shotgun and go on a shooting rampage means adults are failing to offer them an alternative to violence.

It called the shooting an "unprecedented crime in Russia", which has strict gun controls.

The Russian Investigative Committee confirmed that on its website on October 17 that Roslyakov's body had been found in one of the classrooms of the college.

A source in the emergency services told RIA Novosti state news agency that Roslyakov had legally acquired a gun licence.

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