An explosion that killed at least 18 at a Crimean trade school Wednesday was terrorism, officials said, Bloomberg reports.
The suspected attacker, a local resident who was a fourth-year student at the school, killed himself, Sergei Aksyonov, governor of Crimea, said on state television.
Russia’s Investigative Committee said it has opened a terrorism probe in the case. The blast was caused by an improvised explosive device, Sergei Melikov, first deputy head of the National Guard, said, according to the state-run Tass news service.
The blast at the Kerch Polytechnic College wounded around 50 in the city of Kerch, near the eastern end of the peninsula that Russia annexed from Ukraine in 2014, the Investigative Committee said. The shrapnel-filled bomb went off in the cafeteria before lunchtime, killing mostly adolescent students.
Kerch is the landing point and namesake of a bridge that opened earlier this year to connect Crimea to Russia. Security on the bridge was tightened after the attack, RIA Novosti reported.
Russia has suffered a number of deadly terror attacks in recent years, as well as violent assaults by students at schools.