Crimea gunman was 'bullied' - ex to Russian media

Aaron Brown
October 20, 2018

At least 18 people were killed - majority teenagers - and about 50 more injured following a bombing in Russian-annexed Crimea, according to Russia.

At least 10 of the wounded in a school shooting and bomb attack carried out by a student at a vocational school in Crimea will be airlifted to hospitals in Russian Federation, the health minister said Thursday.

Witnesses at the scene told local media there were not enough ambulances to take the casualties to hospital, so public buses were utilised as makeshift emergency vehicles.

Taisiya Roslyakova, the grandmother of the young man said to have carried out the attack, told the Komsomolskaya Pravda daily on October 18 that her grandson was a kind boy who always helped her with chores, unlike his father.

Parliament Commissioner for human rights, Lyudmila Denisova said that appealed to the Chairman of the counter-terrorism of the United Nations office of Vladimir Voronkov and the Secretary General of the Council of Europe about the mass murder of Kerch. Kerch is the point on the peninsula where a bridge linking Crimea to Russian Federation makes landfall on the Crimean side.Putin opened the bridge to road traffic in May this year, getting behind the wheel of a truck to drive it across the bridge. More than 40 others were injured.

There have also been several reports in the Russian media that the mother of the Kerch gunman may have been a Jehova's Witness, a group that Russia declared previous year to be extremist.

"The point is to find out who was coaching him for this crime", the prime minister said.

President Putin meanwhile said the killing was the "result of globalisation" and the continuation of a trend that had begun in the US. She said most of the victims were students and more than 50 people were injured as a result of the explosion.

Survivor Semyon Gavrilov said he had fallen asleep during a lecture when he was awoken by the sound of gunfire.

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"Then a strong explosion went off, but thank God, I was already outside and saw our guys being thrown out of the windows by the explosive wave", he said, adding that part of the building collapsed.

A committee spokeswoman said the death toll had risen to 13 after initial reports 10 people were killed in the explosion that detonated at around noon.

He was captured on security camera footage and later found dead with gunshot wounds in the college library.

Close to the central Lenin Square, as mourning residents gathered, One of them, Natalia Odegova, said she wanted to keep a rational view.

Sergei Aksyonov, the regional leader in Crimea, said that the student killed himself after the attack.

Eighteen people were killed when gunmen burst into a college in the Black Sea region of Crimea, set off a bomb in the cafeteria, and went through the building shooting anyone they saw, officials and the college's director have said.

Crimea, officially part of Ukraine, was seized by Russian Federation in 2014 and annexed after a disputed vote that was widely condemned by the global community.

Over the past few years, Russian security agencies have arrested several Ukrainians accused of plotting terror attacks in Crimea, but no attacks have occurred.

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