Moscow Concert Hall Attack: The Death Toll Rises To 115, Russia Detains Suspects

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Russian authorities detained 11 people, state media reported on Saturday, after gunmen stormed a concert hall in Moscow in a grisly attack that left at least 115 people dead. Russia’s Investigative Committee said four of those detained were directly involved in the attack that left the sprawling shopping mall and music venue smoldering with a collapsed roof.

Russian agencies appeared to suggest the attack was linked to Ukraine even though the Islamic State group claimed responsibility in a statement. A US intelligence official told The Associated Press that US agencies had confirmed that that group was responsible for the attack. Russian Authorities Arrest 4 Gunmen After Moscow Concert Hall Attack, Death Toll Hits 93 The Death Toll Rises To 115 In Moscow Attack The four suspects were stopped in the Bryansk region of western Russia, “not far from the border with Ukraine”,

Russia’s Investigative Committee said. They planned to cross the border into Ukraine and “had contacts” there, state news agency Tass said, citing Russia’s FSB. The head of the FSB briefed President Vladimir Putin on the arrests on Saturday, according to Tass. Mallikarjun Kharge Takes Jibe at PM Modi’s Lakshadweep The attack came just days after Putin cemented his grip on power in a highly orchestrated electoral landslide. The attack was the deadliest in Russia in years and came as the country’s fight in Ukraine dragged into a third year. Shortly after the attack, some Russian lawmakers pointed the finger at Ukraine. Mykhailo Podolyak, an adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, denied any involvement. “Ukraine has never resorted to the use of terrorist methods,” he posted on X, formerly Twitter.

“Everything in this war will be decided only on the battlefield.” Images shared by Russian state media Saturday showed a fleet of emergency vehicles still gathered outside the ruins of Crocus City Hall, which had a capacity of more than 6,000 people in Krasnogorsk, on Moscow’s western edge. Videos posted online showed gunmen in the venue shooting civilians at point-blank range.

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