Teen kills 18 students in Crimea college shooting

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At least 18 people died during an attack in a technical college on the Crimean Peninsula.

The attacker has been identified, but confusion flooded the media.

Though initial reports of the attack cited some sort of improvised explosive device going off, it was unclear whether a bomb was used during the attack.

After Wednesday's attack, local officials declared a state of emergency on the Black Sea peninsula and cordons of Russia's National Guard circled the school.

Investigators and the college's director said following the explosion a gunman went through the building shooting anyone he saw at the school in the city of Kerch.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, who was in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, said in televised comments that a "tragic event" had happened, speaking during talks with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

In another parallel, Roslyakov detonated an improvised explosive, as well as the shooting attack, with the blast apparently hitting the college canteen.

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. Civilians can own only hunting rifles and smooth-bore shotguns and must undergo significant background checks. Security was also increased at a new 19-kilometre (12-mile) bridge linking the peninsula with Russian Federation, which opened earlier this year. Russia's Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said the military was sending forces and supplies to help the victims.

Roslyakov enrolled at the college in 2015, according to its website.

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

Committee spokesman Andrei Przhezdomsky said that Roslyakov's body was found next to a pump-action gun.

The Telegram Channel Mash, which is linked to the Russian police, published a photo of a young blond man, armed with a rifle - supposedly a screenshot from security cameras.

"I locked the door, hoping he wouldn't hear me", Gavrilov told the Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper.

According to the RIA Novosti agency, security forces raided Roslyakov's parents' home following the killings.

Russian Federation annexed Ukraine's Crimea region in 2014, prompting worldwide condemnation and Western sanctions.

His body was later found in the college with what they said were self-inflicted gunshot wounds.

The attack drew parallels to the 1999 Columbine High School massacre in the USA in which 12 pupils and a teacher were killed - with some saying the shooter used it as inspiration.

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