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Moscow attack highlights: IS group says four fighters carried out attack

Moscow attack highlights: The Islamic State (ISIS) has claimed responsibility for the massive attack in which more than 100 people have been killed.
Russian Rosguardia (National Guard) servicemen walk toward the Crocus City Hall on the western edge of Moscow, Russia, Friday, March 22.
Russian Rosguardia (National Guard) servicemen walk toward the Crocus City Hall on the western edge of Moscow, Russia, Friday, March 22.

Moscow attack highlights: An attack by gunmen during a Moscow suburban concert hall on Friday killed at least 93 people and injured over 100. The incident took place after a group of armed men stormed into Crocus City Hall concert venue in Moscow and opened fire and detonated explosives. Hours later, the Islamic State (ISIS) claimed responsibility for the massive attack. It, however, did not provide any evidence to support the claim. In a statement, the terror group claimed that it attacked a large gathering of “Christians” in Krasnogorsk on Moscow's outskirts....Read More

A witness told AFP it was a few minutes before the start of the concert by Piknik when automatic gunfire rang out.

The attack, which left the concert hall in flames with a collapsing roof, was the deadliest in Russia in years and came as the country's war in Ukraine dragged into a third year.

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Mar 23, 2024 10:46 PM IST

Moscow attack LIVE updates: Blinken condemns 'heinous' Moscow attack, terrorism 'in all its forms'

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Saturday denounced the deadly Moscow attack as a "heinous crime" and said Washington condemns "terrorism in all its forms."

"We condemn terrorism in all its forms and stand in solidarity with the people of Russia in grieving the loss of life from this horrific event," Blinken said in a statement.

Mar 23, 2024 9:55 PM IST

Moscow attack LIVE updates: Erdogan condemns 'heinous terrorist attack' in Moscow

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday condemned the "heinous terrorist attack" in a Moscow concert hall that left at least 133 people dead. "We strongly condemn this heinous terrorist attack targeting innocent civilians," Erdogan told a public rally in the capital Ankara.

"Terrorism is unacceptable no matter who it comes from or who the perpetrator is."

Mar 23, 2024 9:22 PM IST

Moscow attack LIVE updates: Putin vows retribution for concert hall attack

Russian President Vladimir Putin vowed to punish those behind a "barbaric terrorist attack" on a Moscow concert hall that killed more than 130, saying Russia had arrested four gunmen who were trying to flee to Ukraine.

Mar 23, 2024 8:36 PM IST

Moscow attack LIVE updates: Polish PM says concert attack must not be 'pretext' for violence

Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk said Saturday that the Moscow attacks in which at least 133 people died must not become a "pretext" for increased violence and "aggression".

Mar 23, 2024 7:56 PM IST

Moscow attack LIVE updates: IS group says four fighters carried out Moscow attack

The Islamic State (IS) jihadist group said Saturday four of its militants carried out an attack on a concert hall in a Moscow suburb that Russian authorities said killed at least 133 people.

Mar 23, 2024 7:21 PM IST

Moscow attack LIVE updates: Islamic State releases photo of alleged attackers in Russia shooting

Islamic State released a photo of what it said were the four attackers behind a shooting rampage that killed at least 143 people in a concert hall near Moscow on Friday, the militant group's Amaq news agency said on Telegram.

Mar 23, 2024 6:19 PM IST

Moscow attack LIVE updates: Putin says additional security measures imposed across Russia

Putin said additional security measures have been imposed across Russia, and claimed Ukrainian link to the attack.

Mar 23, 2024 6:18 PM IST

Moscow attack LIVE updates: Putin calls concert hall attack 'barbaric'

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday called an attack on a concert hall that killed more than 100 a "barbaric terrorist act".

In a televised address to the nation, Putin said: "I am speaking to you today in connection with the bloody, barbaric terrorist act, the victims of which were dozens of innocent, peaceful people. ... I declare 24 March a day of national mourning."

Mar 23, 2024 6:11 PM IST

Moscow attack LIVE updates: Putin declares day of mourning on March 24

Russian President Vladimir Putin declared day of mourning on March 24 after a shooting rampage that killed 143 people in a concert hall near Moscow, the deadliest attack in Russia for 20 years.

Mar 23, 2024 6:09 PM IST

Moscow attack LIVE updates: Kyiv military intelligence spokesman says Ukraine not involved

A spokesman for Kyiv's military spy agency said Ukraine was not involved in Friday's shooting attack near Moscow and suggestions of a Ukrainian link "have nothing in common with reality."

Mar 23, 2024 5:08 PM IST

Moscow attack LIVE updates: Death toll from concert shooting hits 143

Russia has arrested 11 people including four suspected gunmen in connection with a shooting rampage that killed at least 143 people in a concert hall near Moscow, the Kremlin said on Saturday.

Mar 23, 2024 4:03 PM IST

Moscow attack LIVE updates: UN strongly condemns the deadly incident

Moscow attack LIVE updates: United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Friday condemned the attack "in the strongest possible terms," spokesman Farhan Haq said in a statement.

Guterres "conveys his deep condolences to the bereaved families and the people and the Government of the Russian Federation," he added, referring to Russia by its official name.

Mar 23, 2024 3:56 PM IST

Moscow attack LIVE updates: Rescuers to search Moscow concert hall for several days

Moscow attack LIVE updates: Rescuers will for "several days" scour through the rubble of a Moscow concert hall where gunmen shot dead dozens of people, the Moscow region's governor said Saturday.

"Rescuers are working at the site of the tragedy round the clock ... the work will continue for at least several more days," said Andrey Vorobyov in a post on Telegram.

Mar 23, 2024 3:48 PM IST

Moscow attack LIVE updates: French President condemns the horrific incident

Moscow attack LIVE updates: French President Emmanuel Macron has condemned the attack, calling it a "terrorist attack." Macron, in a statement, said he "firmly condemns this terrorist attack, claimed by the Islamic State." He also expressed solidarity with the victims of the attack.

Mar 23, 2024 3:41 PM IST

Moscow attack LIVE updates: Italy's PM expresses solidarity with the victims

Moscow attack LIVE updates: Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni has expressed her solidarity with the victims of the attack in Russia."The horror of the massacre of innocent civilians in Moscow is unacceptable," Meloni said in a statement, expressing her "full solidarity with the affected people and the victims' families".

Mar 23, 2024 3:24 PM IST

Moscow attack LIVE updates: 'Nothing can ever justify such horrific violence,' says UK foreign minister

Moscow attack LIVE updates: The UK on Saturday condemned "in the strongest terms the deadly terrorist attack" at a concert hall in Moscow that left more than 90 people dead.

"We offer our heartfelt condolences and express our deepest sympathy to the families of the many victims," foreign minister David Cameron wrote on X (formerly Twitter), adding "nothing can ever justify such horrific violence."

Mar 23, 2024 2:43 PM IST

Moscow attack LIVE updates: Russia says concert hall attackers 'had contacts' in Ukraine

Russia's FSB security service said that the perpetrators of the deadly attack on a Moscow concert hall had "contacts" in Ukraine and were trying to flee there, state news agencies reported.

"After committing the terrorist attack, the criminals intended to cross the Russian-Ukrainian border, and had appropriate contacts on the Ukrainian side," the state-run TASS news agency quoted the FSB as saying

Mar 23, 2024 2:06 PM IST

Moscow attack LIVE updates: Toll rises to 93

The number of people killed in the attack on a Moscow concert hall has risen to 93, Russia's Investigative Committee which probes major crimes says.

It also warned that the toll could rise. "At the moment, it has been established that 93 people are dead. The death toll is expected to rise," it said in a statement published on Telegram, according to AFP.

Mar 23, 2024 1:53 PM IST

Moscow attack LIVE updates: Russia says 11 arrested, including all 4 assailants

Russia news agencies report that 11 people – including all four assailants – have been arrested in connection with Friday's deadly attack on a concert hall in Moscow..

The head of the FSB security service informed Russian President Vladimir Putin "about the detention of 11 people, including all four terrorists directly involved in carrying out the attack," Russian state news agencies cited the Kremlin as saying in a statement, according to AFP.

Mar 23, 2024 1:05 PM IST

Moscow attack LIVE updates: Two alleged suspects detained

Two of the alleged suspects in the terror attack near Moscow have been detained, Reuters reports, citing local news agency Tass.

Mar 23, 2024 12:42 PM IST

Moscow attack LIVE updates: Three children among 60 victims

Three children were among those killed in an attack on a concert near Moscow on Friday, the RIA news agency says, citing the regional healthcare ministry.

Mar 23, 2024 11:24 AM IST

Moscow attack LIVE updates: What we know about the attack so far

Here's what we know about the firing at a rock concert in a suburb of Moscow:

* At least 60 people are dead and more than 100 are wounded after a group of gunmen sprayed bullets inside a large concert hall

* Terror group Islamic State (ISIS) has claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement posted on affiliated channels on social media. Russia is yet to comment on this.

* The fate of the attackers is unknown as of now. Eyewitnesses said that the attackers were dressed in camouflage uniforms.

* President Vladimir Putin wished a speedy recovery to the wounded victims and conveyed his thanks to doctors,

* World leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, have condemned the incident. "India stands in solidarity with the government and the people of the Russian Federation in this hour of grief," PM Modi wrote on X.

*The United States said it had warned Russia about the possibility of an attack in Moscow. “Earlier this month, the US government had information about a planned terrorist attack in Moscow – potentially targeting large gatherings, to include concerts…” a spokesperson for the White House said.

Mar 23, 2024 11:14 AM IST

Moscow attack LIVE updates: China's Xi sends 'condolences' to Putin

Chinese President Xi Jinping has sent his "condolences" to his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin over the attack on the concert hall in Moscow, state-run news agency Xinhua reports.

Xi "stressed that China opposes all form of terrorism, strongly condemns the terrorist attack and firmly supports the Russian government's efforts to safeguard its national security and stability", it reported.

Mar 23, 2024 10:49 AM IST

Moscow attack LIVE updates: Russian Embassy in India flies national flag at half-mast

As a sign of mourning and grief for the victims of the terrorist attack in Moscow, the Russian Embassy in India flies the national flag at half-mast.

“We express our sincere condolences to the families of those deceased and wish a speedy recovery to all those injured,” the embassy wrote on X.

Mar 23, 2024 10:06 AM IST

Moscow attack LIVE updates: What PM Modi said about attack in Russia

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday condemned the "heinous terrorist attack" at a concert hall in Moscow, which claimed the lives of over 60 people and left over 100 others injured.

"We strongly condemn the heinous terrorist attack in Moscow. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims. India stands in solidarity with the government and the people of the Russian Federation in this hour of grief," PM Modi wrote on X. More details here.

Mar 23, 2024 9:47 AM IST

Moscow attack LIVE updates: Too early to say what happened to attackers, says investigators

A Russian Investigation official says that it is too early to say what happened to concert attackers, reports Reuters.

Mar 23, 2024 9:28 AM IST

Moscow attack LIVE updates: Eyewitnesses recount terror

Eyewitnesses on Friday night recalled the gun attack at a concert hall in suburban Moscow that killed more than 60 people and left over 100 wounded.

A witness told AFP it was a few minutes before the start of the concert by Piknik when automatic gunfire rang out.

"I realised right away that it was automatic gunfire and understood that most likely it's the worst: a terrorist attack," said Alexei, who would not give his last name. More details.

Mar 23, 2024 9:00 AM IST

Moscow attack LIVE updates: 60 among those injured in critical condition

Russian health officials say that about 145 people were wounded in the shooting, of which about 60 are in critical condition, reports Reuters.

Mar 23, 2024 8:42 AM IST

Moscow attack LIVE updates: Attackers dressed in camouflage uniforms

According to a journalist for the RIA Novosti news agency at the scene, the attackers were dressed in camouflage uniforms as they entered the building, reports AFP.

Mar 23, 2024 8:22 AM IST

Moscow attack LIVE updates: Fire 'mostly eliminated' at attack site

A fire at the Moscow concert hall following a gun attack has been "mostly eliminated", the Russian capital's governor says.

"There are still some pockets of fire, but the fire has been mostly eliminated. Rescuers were able to enter the auditorium," Moscow Governor Andrey Vorobyov wrote on Telegram, according to AFP.

Mar 23, 2024 8:19 AM IST

Moscow attack LIVE updates: UAE also condemns terrorist attack

After India, the United Arab Emirates has also strongly condemned the terrorist attack in Moscow.

In a statement, the country's ministry of foreign affairs affirmed that the UAE expresses its strong condemnation of these criminal acts and its permanent rejection of all forms of violence and terrorism aimed at undermining security and stability in contravention of international law, according to ANI.

Mar 23, 2024 7:49 AM IST

Moscow attack LIVE updates: PM Modi condemns terrorist attack

PM Narendra Modi condemned the terrorist attack in Moscow, adding that India stands in solidarity with Russia.

“We strongly condemn the heinous terrorist attack in Moscow. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims. India stands in solidarity with the government and the people of the Russian Federation in this hour of grief,” the prime minister posted on X.

Mar 23, 2024 7:35 AM IST

Moscow attack LIVE updates: US warned Russia about ‘planned terrorist' strike

The United States says it had warned Russia about the possibility of an attack in Moscow.

Adrienne Watson, spokesperson for the White House National Security Council, says: “Earlier this month, the US government had information about a planned terrorist attack in Moscow – potentially targeting large gatherings, to include concerts – which prompted the State Department to issue a public advisory to Americans in Russia.”

She adds: "The US government also shared this information with Russian authorities in accordance with its longstanding ‘duty to warn’ policy." More details here.

Mar 23, 2024 7:23 AM IST

Moscow attack LIVE updates: ‘Toll may rise,’ says Russia's investigative officer

The toll in the deadly shooting at a packed concert venue on the outskirts of Moscow may rise, a source in Russia’s Investigative Committee told TASS.

"It has been preliminarily established that the terrorist attack killed over 60 people. Unfortunately, the death toll may rise," the source said.

Mar 23, 2024 7:16 AM IST

Moscow attack LIVE updates: Russia tightens security at airports, transport hubs

Russia has tightened security at airports, transport hubs and across the capital Moscow. All large-scale public events have been cancelled across the country, reports Reuters.

Mar 23, 2024 7:04 AM IST

Moscow attack LIVE updates: Putin briefed on concert attack by FSB director, Kremlin says

Russian President Vladimir Putin has been updated on the deadly attack at a concert by Federal Security Service Director Alexander Bortnikov, Russian news agencies quote the Kremlin as saying.

Mar 23, 2024 6:53 AM IST

Moscow attack LIVE updates: US says it has intelligence confirming Islamic State's claim

An unidentified United States official tells Reuters that Washington has intelligence confirming the Islamic State's claim of being behind the deadly shooting in the Moscow.

Mar 23, 2024 6:51 AM IST

Moscow attack LIVE updates: Fate of attackers unknown

Not much is known about the assailants as of now. However, the authorities claim the attackers were wearing combat fatigues. More details here.

Mar 23, 2024 6:48 AM IST

Moscow attack LIVE updates: Ukraine denies any involvement

Mykhailo Podolyak, an adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, denied Ukraine's involvement in the attack.

“Ukraine has never resorted to the use of terrorist methods,” he wrote on X. “Everything in this war will be decided only on the battlefield.”

This came after some Russian lawmakers accused Ukraine of the attack and called for ramping up strikes.

Mar 23, 2024 6:46 AM IST

Moscow attack LIVE updates: Vladimir Putin dials law enforcement officials

Following the deadly attack on the concert hall, Russian President Vladimir Putin held talks with the heads of law enforcement and emergency services, Russian news agencies reported.

He also wished a speedy recovery to those wounded, according to AFP.

Mar 23, 2024 6:43 AM IST

Moscow attack LIVE updates: Islamic State claims responsiblity

The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the massive attack on the concert hall in Moscow.It, however, did not provide any evidence to support the claim.

In a statement, the terror group claimed that it attacked a large gathering of “Christians” in Krasnogorsk on Moscow's outskirts, reports AFP.

Mar 23, 2024 6:38 AM IST

Moscow attack LIVE updates: More than 60 killed, over 100 injured

At least 60 people were killed and over 100 injured after a group of gunmen opened fire inside a large concert hall on the outskirts of Moscow on Friday. They also set fire to the venue.

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