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Published Thursday, October 18, 2018
Authorities say an explosive device was responsible for a blast that ripped through a college in the occupied Crimean city of Kerch, leaving 10 people feared dead and dozens injured.
The blast occurred on October 17 at a polytechnic college in the city on the eastern end of the peninsula that Russia seized from Ukraine in 2014, authorities said.
State news agencies quoted the Russian National Counterterrorism Committee (NAK) as saying it was caused by an unidentified explosive device.
Some earlier reports had quoted officials saying it was a gas explosion, but a spokeswoman for the regional gas-distribution company said it had no contract to supply gas to the college.
State-run Russian news agency RIA Novosti, citing regional emergency medical officials, said that according to preliminary information, 10 people were killed.
TASS, also state-run, quoted an unnamed law enforcement official as saying that about 70 people were injured and an unknown number of them had died.
TASS also quoted medical workers as saying that 18 people had been hospitalized and that they were expecting more injured to be brought in.
Eyewitnesses said ambulances and other emergency vehicles rushed to the site after the blast, which some reports said took place in a cafeteria.
Russia seized Crimea from Ukraine in 2014 in a move condemned by many Western powers.
Kerch Explosion Facts
Affected Area: 1 km.
Alert Level: Orange