Ukrainian Authorities Boost Security at Border With Crimea After Kerch Blast

Ukrainian Authorities Boost Security at Border With Crimea After Kerch Blast

Ukrainian Authorities Boost Security at Border With Crimea After Kerch Blast

Russian President Vladimir Putin, who is now in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, said in televised comments that a "tragic event" had happened and that "as a result of an explosion of an explosive device, people died and many are injured".

Some earlier reports had quoted officials saying it was a gas explosion, but a spokeswoman for the regional gas-distribution company said it had no contract to supply gas to the college.

Explosives experts were inspecting the college building for other possible bombs, according to Anti-Terrorism Committee spokesman Andrei Przhezdomsky.

He was speaking during talks with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and made the statement before the Investigative Committee said the crime was a mass shooting rather than a terrorist attack.

MOSCOW-A blast at a college in Crimea killed 10 people and injured at least 50 on Wednesday, prompting an antiterrorism investigation, officials said.

The director of the college, who had not been at the scene at the time of the attack, told Russian media that unknown armed men had broken into the building.

Raw footage: Emergency vehicles on the scene of an explosion at a vocational college in Crimea that killed at least 17 people.

Kerch is the landing point and namesake of a bridge that opened earlier this year to connect Crimea to Russian Federation.

"I heard an explosion and saw glass shards and window frames falling down", student Roman Voitenko told Russian state television. Grebennikova, who said she had left the grounds shortly before the attack occurred, said students and staff were among victims.

He said police arrived about 10 minutes later to evacuate people from the college and he saw dead bodies on the floor and charred walls.

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

The head of Crimea, Sergei Aksyonov, and Russia's health minister, have headed to the area.

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