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Russia announces the arrest of the perpetrators of the terrorist attack, which left 133 dead

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A bouquet of roses was left not far from the Crocus municipal concert hall, where the bloody attack claimed by the Islamic State group took place.

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The Kremlin announced on Saturday the arrest of 11 people, including “four” attackers, after the attack in a concert hall in the suburbs of Moscow the day before and claimed by the jihadist group Islamic State (IS).

The number of people killed in the terrorist attack now stands at 133, according to the Russian Investigative Committee. Search operations are continuing, the latter said on Telegram.

The four alleged perpetrators of the attack are all foreign citizens, according to a press release from the Russian Interior Ministry.

According to information from CNN, the Russian news agency Ria Novosti published the supposed confession of one of the attackers on its Telegram channel, as well as photos of three of them. In its comments, the news agency explains that the men speak Russian very poorly, and that one of them speaks in Tajik through an interpreter.

Russian media and MP Alexander Khinstein said earlier in the day that some of the suspects were from Tajikistan, a Central Asian country bordering Afghanistan, where ISIS is active. /p>LoadingLast farewell to Brian Mulroney

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Since becoming independent from the Soviet Union in 1991, Tajikistan has faced a multitude of Islamist armed movements. In recent years, citizens of the country have been accused of being linked to jihadist attacks, particularly in Iran.

The Islamic State jihadist group claimed responsibility for the attack on one of its Telegram accounts, specifying that it was part of the context […] of the war raging between the group and the countries fighting it. #x27;Islam.

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Emergency services and police were deployed to the site of the attack this Saturday, March 23, 2024.

The attack was was carried out by four IS fighters armed with machine guns, a pistol, knives and incendiary bombs, he further clarified on his Telegram account.

When he spoke on Saturday, for the first time since the attack, Vladimir Putin did not mention the responsibility of ISIS.

I express my most sincere condolences to those who lost their loved ones […] and I declare March 24 a day of national mourning, declared the Head of State during in a televised address, denouncing a bloody massacre and a barbaric terrorist act.

He assured that the four perpetrators of the attack were arrested as they were heading towards Ukraine. Those behind these terrorists will be punished and will not have an enviable destiny, he added.

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Mr. Putin thus repeated the version of the facts presented earlier by his security services (FSB), affirming that the suspects had appropriate contacts on the Ukrainian side and intended to flee to this country.

The suspects were arrested in the Bryansk region, which borders Ukraine and Belarus, according to the Russian Investigative Committee.

Andriy Yousov, the spokesperson for Ukrainian military intelligence, cast doubt on this information in an interview with the BBC.

This area, he explained, is full of Russian military and security services. It would have been stupid or suicidal for the terrorists to flee that way, according to him.

The FSB version according to which the suspects were arrested while “They were on their way to Ukraine is of course another lie from the Russian special services,” Yusov also told Reuters.

Kiev vehemently denies any involvement, and accuses Russia of using the attack to increase public support for the ongoing war.

Ukraine has never resorted to terrorist methods. Everything in this war will be decided only on the battlefield.

A quote from Mykhailo Podolyak, advisor to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky

Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk hopes that the attack in Moscow will not be a pretext for escalating violence.

L& #x27;attack on Crocus City Hall is the deadliest in the country in twenty years and the bloodiest in Europe to have been claimed by ISIS since the attacks of November 13, 2015 in Paris.

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The attackers reportedly used automatic weapons and caused a large fire in the building with a flammable liquid. The victims were killed by bullets or by inhaling smoke from the fire, according to investigators.

IS, Russia fights in Syria and is also active in the Russian Caucasus, has already carried out attacks in the country since the end of the 2010s. But the group has never claimed responsibility for an attack of this magnitude.

The assault, which Russian media began reporting around 8:15 p.m. Moscow time, was carried out by several armed individuals at Crocus City Hall, a concert hall located in Krasnogorsk, on the northwest edge of the capital. Russian.

The Telegram news channels Baza and Mash, known to be close to the police, published videos showing at least two armed men advancing in the hall, and others on which we can see corpses and groups of people rushing towards the exit.

The fire completely burned the concert hall, explained the governor of the Moscow region, Andrei Vorobiov.

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Authorities surrounded Crocus City Hall in the evening.

Just before the start, we suddenly heard several machine gun bursts and a terrible woman's scream. Then a lot of screaming, Alexeï, a music producer who was in the dressing rooms at the time of the attack, told AFP.

Anna, 40, who was there with her husband, told AFP on Saturday that she ran towards the exit as soon as she heard banging noises, which were in fact shootings. Her husband fell, but both were finally able to escape.

I was stressed. People were trampling each other, there was a stampede

A quote from Anna, 40, survivor of the attack

The The U.S. Embassy in Russia warned its citizens two weeks ago that it was closely monitoring reports that extremists have imminent plans to target large gatherings in Moscow, including concerts.

On Tuesday, Vladimir Putin rejected these provocative statements. All this looks like pure and simple blackmail and a desire to intimidate and destabilize our society, he said.

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“We are in mourning”, is it written on this sign on the side of the highway . Many such posters appeared in the city's bus shelters after the attack.

The search continued on Saturday in the rubble of the Crocus City Hall in Krasnogorsk, partially destroyed by the flames.

Police and special forces were deployed in front of the building and hundreds of rescuers were clearing debris, the roof having collapsed into the building ;auditorium.

From the morning, long queues formed in front of some blood donation centers in Moscow. At midday, Russian medical authorities announced that they had enough blood for the hundred injured in the attack.

But we continue to receive all donors. We are in solidarity with the wishes of the people who come to help build up reserves, declared an official of the Russian Federal Medical-Biological Agency, Olga Eikhler, quoted by the official TASS news agency.

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Children lay flowers at a monument reading “Moscow” in Sevastopol, Crimea, in memory of the victims of the terrorist attack on Crocus City Hall, a suburb of Moscow, which left 115 dead .

In some bus stops in the city, posters appeared, showing a candle and the inscription We are in mourning 03/22 /2024.

The international community denounced this assault, with the European Union and Spain saying they were shocked and the White House declaring that they stood with the victims. The spokesperson for the Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs assured that it condemned this act in the strongest possible terms.

Syria, an ally of Moscow, took position by judging that the attack is directly linked to the cruel and painful defeats of neo-Nazism and its supporters following the special military operation in Donbass.

We affirm our determination to be at your side in our common war against terrorism and cross-border extremism, wrote Syrian President Bashar el-Assad in a letter to President Putin.

In Russia, security measures have been strengthened and several public events have been canceled.

With information from Agence France-Presse and Reuters

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