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Terror in Moscow: Masked men shot into the crowd, more than 100 people died. The Islamic State claims the attack

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Terror in Moscow: Masked men shot into the crowd, more than 100 people died.  The Islamic State claims the attack

At least 115 people were killed in Friday’s attack at a concert hall in the city of Krasnogorsk on the western outskirts of Moscow. This was reported by the TASS agency, referring to the preliminary data of the Russian FSB secret service, according to which more than 100 people are injured.

The Islamic State militant organization claimed responsibility for Friday’s attack on a concert hall on the outskirts of Moscow, reports AFP. Islamic State fighters “attacked a large gathering… on the outskirts of the Russian capital Moscow,” the group said in a statement on the Telegram social network.

“At the site of the terrorist attack in Krokus City Hall near Moscow, we found more bodies while disassembling the debris. In this way, the number of dead at the moment is 115 people,” the committee said, according to the TASS agency.

The search continues, according to the governor of the area, the work on site will last several days.

According to preliminary data, the causes of death were gunshot wounds and poisoning by combustion products, investigators said earlier.

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The attackers fired into the crowd

146 people are injured, some of them with serious burns, TASS said, according to which 12 Moscow hospitals are also treating patients. Russian President Vladimir Putin wished the injured a speedy recovery.

The fire in the concert hall, which broke out after the attack, was largely extinguished. “Now the pouring of constructions continues. There are still individual foci, but the fire has been largely extinguished,” wrote the governor of the Moscow region, Andrey Vorobyov, in a telegram. More than 300 people are still working on the site.

According to Russian agencies, at least four attackers in camouflage clothing started shooting – apparently from automatic weapons – at the Crocus City Hall concert hall, where the rock band Piknik was scheduled to perform today. Apparently, they also used explosives in the premises, which caused a massive fire. According to the police, TASS refers, nothing happened to the musicians.

Witnesses at the scene told TASS that the gunmen began firing at close range at people almost immediately after entering the building, near the security frames at the entrances. Apparently, they also used explosives in the premises, which caused a massive fire. Another explosion was heard from the place a little later.

The Chairman of the Security Council of the Russian Federation, Dmitry Medvedev, warned according to the AFP agency, that if they were “terrorists of the Kyiv regime, all of them will have to be found and destroyed without mercy as terrorists”. According to him, “official representatives of the state that committed such a crime” will also be punished.

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Today, the spokeswoman for Russian diplomacy, Marija Zakharova, sharply criticized the office of UN Secretary-General António Guterres for – according to her – insufficient response to the attack in Krasnogorsk on the outskirts of Moscow.

“The UN Secretary-General’s office said it was saddened by the news of the shooting. Saddened? Does it think it’s a shooting at a shooting range?” said the spokeswoman. “In a live broadcast, people from the last forces are transmitting images of a terrible bloody terrorist attack, which does not arouse ‘sorrow’, but horror, shock, unconditional condemnation, righteous anger and compassion for the victims,” ​​the diplomat added, according to the TASS agency.

The White House also reacted

The correspondent of RIA Novosti said that the men fired from automatic weapons. According to the TASS agency, there was also an explosion in the building.

The images from today’s shooting in the suburbs of Moscow are terrible and difficult to watch, the White House said according to Reuters. He added that there is no indication of Ukraine’s involvement in the attack.

The European Union is shocked by the news of Friday’s terrorist attack at the Crocus City Hall concert hall in the suburbs of Moscow, Peter Stano, the spokesperson of the European External Action Service, wrote on the X social network on Friday evening. “The EU condemns any attacks against civilians. We think of all Russian citizens affected (by this event),” Stano said.

“I have decided to cancel all sports, cultural and other mass events this weekend in Moscow. I ask for your understanding,” Moscow Mayor Sergey Sobyanin said on the social network.

Foreign Minister Juraj Blanár condemned the terrorist attack in the Russian concert hall on Friday evening. “I express my deepest condolences to all the survivors and relatives of the victims of the shocking terrorist attack at the Crocus City Hall in Moscow tonight (and I wish) a speedy recovery to the wounded,” the head of Slovak diplomacy said on the social network Facebook, saying that Slovakia condemns and will always condemn all forms of terrorism .

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Moscow’s Sheremetyevo, Vnukovo, Domodedovo and Zhukovsky airports have strengthened their security measures. The authorities urged passengers to arrive at the airport in advance.

Similarly, in connection with the terrorist attack in the Moscow region, the state railways have strengthened security measures in trains and at stations, places where people gather in large numbers. Workers in charge of safety in railway transport are on heightened alert, TASS agency wrote. She added that enhanced security measures also apply at St. Petersburg’s Pulkovo airport.

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The governor of the Leningrad region, which surrounds St. Petersburg, announced that he was convening a meeting of the crisis team to take additional security measures in the region, according to Kommersant.

All major events due to the attack in Kasnogorsk are canceled in other cities around Moscow, for example Istra and Ljubercy.

Putin’s provocation, Kiev claims

Ukraine has nothing to do with today’s shooting on the outskirts of Moscow, the Ukrainian presidential office said according to AFP. According to the agency, Russian volunteers, fighting alongside Ukrainian defenders against the army of Russian President Vladimir Putin, refused to participate in the attack in Krasnogorsk.

The spokesman of the Ukrainian military intelligence described the attack by gunmen in the concert hall in Krasnogorsk as a deliberate provocation by the Russian special services.

“It’s a deliberate provocation by Putin’s special services, which the international community warned against. The Kremlin tyrant started his career with this, and he wants to end it with the same crimes against his own citizens,” intelligence spokesman Andriy Yusov told Ukrainska Pravda daily, alluding to speculation that the Russian secret service she was responsible for assassinations in Russian cities in 1999, which were then attributed to Chechen separatists.

These attacks at the beginning of Putin’s tenure at the head of the state served as a pretext for unleashing a second, for Moscow, victorious war in Chechnya. Putin headed the FSB from July 1998 to August 1999.

The identity of the gunmen, nor their motive, is not immediately clear. Russia has been waging an aggressive war in Ukraine since February 2022, while Kiev is also trying to attack infrastructure on Russian territory, such as oil refineries.

The AP noted that the U.S. Embassy in Moscow warned this month that American citizens should avoid crowds in view of the impending attack. Russian President Vladimir Putin, who a few days ago won the presidential election again and extended his mandate for another six years, called the warning an attempt by the West to intimidate the Russians.

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