The authorities can not decide whether to consider what happened as a terrorist attack. In Crimea, announced a three-day mourning.
Terrorist attack or massacre
October 17 at about 12:00 Moscow time in the Polytechnic College of Kerch (Crimea Peninsula) an explosion occurred . Initially, the media reported an explosion of domestic gas, but the Emergencies Ministry did not confirm this version. About an hour later, the National Anti-Terrorism Committee (NAC) reported that an explosive device had worked in an educational institution, and a little later the version of the attack was confirmed at Rosgvardia.
Eyewitnesses told about several explosions and at least two shooters on the second floor of the college. Sources in the media clarified that the police put on the wanted list 20-25 year old guy with white hair, who allegedly attacked students and teachers. A complete picture of what happened is not yet possible to be restored due to the differing testimony of the authorities and eyewitnesses.
The director of the school said that people with machine guns entered the classes and shot “everyone they could find.” She compared what was happening with Beslan, although at the time of the attack she was away.
Actions of special services and the Ministry of Emergency Situations
The investigative committee opened a criminal case under Article 205 of the Criminal Code (terrorist act), but towards evening it retrained it to Article 105 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (massacre). According to data at 20:00, at least 50 people were injured in the attack, and 19 died. Ten were in serious condition.
The BTR and the military arrived at the college , who helped to ensure security, and also strengthened security at the border and at the Crimean bridge. All the victims who were removed from the rubble were taken to the hospitals of Kerch. However, students are looking for lost friends and acquaintances in social networks . The Investigation Committee confirmed that all those who died in college received gunshot wounds. The victims found mine-explosive injuries and damaging elements in the body .
After checking the college building, they found another explosive device there that did not work. Rosguards clarified that this is a self-made bomb, like the one that worked. The investigative committee did not mention this in its report. Employees of the Federal Security Service, the Emergencies Ministry and the Ministry of Health also arrived in Kerch; assistance is provided by the military of the Southern Federal District . Media wrote that in Kerch closed schools and crowded places, but this information was not confirmed .
The first version of the student who arranged the shooting and explosions was voiced by the head of Crimea Sergey Aksyonov. According to him, a 22-year-old fourth-year student came to the institution with a weapon, opened fire, and then committed suicide. RBC sources in law enforcement agencies reported that a student had recently received permission to carry a weapon , and on the day of the terrorist attack he left a backpack with an explosive device in the dining room.
Soon the telegram channel Mash published a photo of the suspect – a fair-haired guy with a gun. In social networks found a profile similar to him, Vladislav Roslyakov, a student in the fourth year of polytechnic. Izvestia and other media confirmed that he bought weapons and ammunition on the eve of the attack .
- Roslyakov’s acquaintances called him closed and noted that he “hated the technical school because of the evil teachers, hinted that he would take revenge on them”;
- SK confirmed the identity of Roslyakov, but indicated that he was 18 years old, and not 22. He shot himself in the college library;
- The house and the rental apartment where Roslyakov lived with relatives came with searches, and his mother was taken for interrogation;
- In social networks found another page in the name of Vladislav Reich, but he published a video with a refutation of his involvement in the massacre.
The reaction of the authorities and federal channels
The Main Directorate of the Ministry of Emergency Situations for the Crimea has introduced an emergency situation in Kerch. As noted by the BBC, this is the largest terrorist attack on the peninsula in Russia . The head of the peninsula declared a three-day mourning. Soon, Channel One announced the cancellation of entertainment programs – “Evening Urgant” and “Let’s Get Married.” Residents of Moscow brought flowers to the memorial of the Hero-City of Kerch in Alexander Garden.
Presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that Vladimir Putin was reported about the explosion almost immediately. The president at the time of the incident was in Sochi in talks with the Egyptian president and began speaking to reporters with a minute of silence.
I want to express my condolences to the relatives of the victims and express the hope that the victims will recover and as soon as possible, and we will do everything for it. It is already clear that this is a crime, the motives and versions of this tragedy are being carefully studied.
Other politicians have spoken about what happened.
Evil in any form must be punished. I express my deep condolences to the families of the dead and injured. Kerch, we share with you this grief. And at any time ready to assist and support the Crimea.
Such a crime cannot be committed by a single person, and one way or another we must wait for the results. After all, more than one person here has committed this crime, I declare, drawing on the experience of law.
My condolences to all those who suffered in Kerch, the relatives of the victims. Moscow is ready to assist and accept the victims.