Teen gunman in Crimea attack spoke of bullying 'revenge'

Coat of arms at an entrance to the city of Kerch

Students wept over the coffins of classmates Friday at the funeral of 20 people killed in a school shooting in Crimea dubbed the "Russian Columbine", the worst massacre of its kind in the region's history.

Soldiers rushed to the technical college in the city of Kerch, in Russian-annexed Crimea, suspecting a terror attack but police have now described the killings as "mass murder". She said most of the victims were students and more than 40 people were injured as a result of the explosion.

He added that the fourth-year student had aroused no suspicion, saying teachers called him "peaceful".

"In the college he acted alone, but the task is to establish who prepared him for this crime", Aksyonov told reporters at the scene of the attack.

Until now Russian Federation has been immune from mass school shootings, though earlier in the year there were a number of smaller incidents with no fatalities - three in a week - which were enough to scare authorities that the infection had spread.

Gunfire and an explosion rocked a technical school in the Crimean city of Kerch on Wednesday.

"The attack questions the state's ability to provide security in Crimea, a new region" for Russian Federation, the daily Vedomosti said on Thursday.

Russia's health minster, Veronika Skvortsova, said that most of the people killed were hit by gunfire, but that doctors had also been removing metal objects from people injured by what she said was a powerful bomb.

An armed 18-year-old student in the Black Sea port city of Kerch killed 20 people, a lot of them fellow pupils, and wounded dozens at his college on Wednesday, law enforcement officials said.

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It was not clear what the explosion was, if the attacker detonated it, or how many many people it wounded.

An employee at Kerch's hospital said dozens of people were being treated for their injuries in the emergency room and in the operating theater.

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. Gavrilov said he looked out and saw a young man with a rifle firing at people.

A student at the college who asked not to give his name told AFP that "I was in a class when I heard shooting on the first floor".

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.

The 18-year-old had spoken to her about taking revenge for this bullying, RT reported Zlata as saying.

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.

Another student, Yuri Kerpek, told the state RIA Novosti news agency that the shooting went on for about 15 minutes. Yet in comparison to the US, Russia has strict gun controls, and unlike the Columbine shooters, the Kerch shooter reportedly legally bought the gun he used.

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