Official: Death Toll in Crimea Attack Reaches 18

MOSCOW (AP) —  The top official in Crimea says 18 people have died and more than 40 have been wounded in an attack on a college in the Black Sea peninsula launched by one of its students.

Sergei Aksyonov, the regional leader in Crimea, said that the student killed himself after the attack. He didn’t name the man, saying only he was a local resident and was acting alone.

Aksyonov’s statement follows Russian officials’ report that an explosive device ripped through the college in Kerch in eastern Crimea in a suspected terrorist attack.

Russian media reported that an unidentified gunman or gunmen attacked the college. Russian officials wouldn’t confirm those reports.

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