Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday said the mass school shooting in Crimea a day before was the result of “globalization” and the continuation of an American trend، AFP reported.
“It’s a result of globalization. On social media، on the internet، we see that there is a whole community that has been created. Everything started with the tragic events in schools in the US،” he said at a meeting with international relations experts in Sochi.
A blast and mass shooting at a technical college in Crimea that left at least 18 people dead could have been a terror attack، Russia has claimed.
Forty other people were injured in the attack in Kerch، said Sergei Aksyonov، Crimea's Russian-backed prime minister
It was carried out by a male student at the college، Aksyonov added، who then shot himself، according to Russia's National Anti-Terrorism Committee.
"It's a colossal tragedy،" said Aksyonov on television.
Russian federal investigators named the attacker as Vladislav Roslyakov، 18، and said most of his victims were teenagers.
They added in a statement on their website، said: "According to preliminary information، today in the dining room of the Kerch Polytechnic College an unidentified explosive device filled with metal objects exploded."
Dmitry Peskov، spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin، said officials are looking into the possibililty it was a terrorist attack.
“As a result of a detonation of an explosive device some people died and many people were wounded and I would like to express my condolences to the relatives of the deceased، and also to express my hopes that the wounded will recover as soon as possible،” said Putin، speaking at a joint news conference with Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.
“The motives and the exact version of events of this tragedy are being studied really carefully and we will inform the public about the result of the investigation by the security and special services.”