Terrorism & Insurgency

Kerch shooting provides Russia with potential pretext for ‘punishing’ Ukraine, including further harassment in Sea of Azov

18 October 2018


On 17 October 2018, in Kerch, Crimea, an armed 18-year-old student broke into an industrial college, opened fire with an assault rifle, killing 20, and then committed suicide. Over 50 people were wounded, including 15 in critical condition caused by the shooting and the explosion of a shrapnel-filled improvised explosive device (IED).

The police and security services also found a second IED that had not exploded. The police and security services initially treated the incident as a politically motivated terrorist attack, but then reclassified it as a school shooting similar to incidents in the US. As yet, there have been no claims of responsibility for the incident, and no motive has been established.

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