A devastating attack at a Moscow music venue left 60 people dead and 100 wounded.
A devastating attack at a Moscow music venue left 60 people dead and 100 wounded.
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March 23, 2024, New Delhi: Russian intelligence reports that gunmen opened fire at a packed performance hall outside of Moscow, killing several people in the process. According to Russian intelligence, the assault at Crocus City Hall resulted in over 100 injuries, including wounds to women and children, and at least 60 fatalities.

During a rock event, a group of masked attackers broke into Crocus City Hall and started shooting at the gullible audience. As the shooters opened fire randomly, concertgoers scurried for shelter as horrifying video footage showed the mayhem inside. The terrifying aftermath was captured on camera, with smoke pouring out of the besieged concert venue.

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Within moments, the arena was filled with gunshots and explosives, causing chaos to spread across the scene. A portion of the roof collapsed as a result of a raging fire that consumed a portion of the complex. Russian law enforcement, notably the National Guard, moved quickly to capture the attackers—who are still at large and are thought to have fled in a white car.

Using its connected outlets, the Islamic State (ISIS) claimed credit for the horrific crime during the chaos, albeit no proof was offered to back up the allegation. Security experts were skeptical due to the group’s track record of misattributing assaults; nevertheless, a US official informed CBS, the US partner of the BBC, that it had information verifying the IS claim that it was the perpetrator of the attack.

According to CNN, ISIS has taken credit for the Friday assault at a well-known music venue complex outside of Moscow, which resulted in at least 40 fatalities and over 100 injuries after attackers broke into the building brandishing firearms and setting off fireworks.

In a brief statement released on Telegram on Friday by the ISIS-affiliated news agency Amaq, the terror organization claimed responsibility for the assault. The assertion was not substantiated by the group’s evidence.

An alleged ISIS plan to attack a Moscow synagogue was foiled by Russian security authorities before to this tragedy, highlighting the continued danger presented by extremist groups.

Following the incident, Ukraine affirmed its commitment to peacefully settling disputes and denied any participation. The White House came under international scrutiny and promised to get more details on the issue.

President Vladimir Putin receives daily updates on the situation, according to Dmitry Peskov, his spokeswoman. Peskov told Russian news outlets, “The president is receiving constant updates from all pertinent services regarding the unfolding events and the actions being implemented.”

According to RIA Novosti, Russia’s Ombudsman, Moskalkova, called the shooting a “act of terrorism.” In reaction, Moscow mayor Sergei Sobyanin said that all public festivities planned for the weekend in the Russian capital would be canceled. This decision was made to reflect the solemn atmosphere.

Responses to the Attack in Moscow

In a statement, the US embassy in Moscow expressed astonishment and sent its deepest sympathies to the Russian people. US citizens were warned to stay away from the impacted region.
The embassy has before advised Americans to avoid attending concerts and other mass gatherings in Moscow due to possible terror threats.

Vladimir Putin, the president of Russia, denounced the embassy’s threats, calling them inflammatory and tantamount to blackmail.

Antonio Guterres, the secretary-general of the United Nations, expressed his strong condemnation of the terrorist assault, his condolences to the families impacted, and his best wishes for the wounded to recover quickly.

The foreign ministries of Germany and France condemned the assault, offered their condolences to the victims and their families, and called for a prompt inquiry into what happened.

The former president of Russia and current deputy head of the security council, Dmitry Medvedev, demanded that those responsible be brutally hunted down and destroyed, particularly if they had any connection to the Kyiv administration. “If those responsible for the attack are identified as Ukrainian, they must all be located and decisively dealt with as terrorists,” Dmitry Medvedev said on the Telegram app.

President Mykhailo Podolyak refuted allegations and advised against exploiting the tragedy to inflame tensions as Ukraine angrily rejected any role in the assault.

“In relation to the events at Crocus City in the Russian suburbs, involving shooting and terrorist actions by unidentified individuals, let’s clarify: Ukraine has absolutely no association with these events,” Mykhailo Podolyak said on his Telegram channel.

Reiterating to reporters that there was no proof of Ukrainian participation in the incident, US National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said, “At this moment, there is no evidence suggesting any connection between Ukraine or Ukrainians and the shooting.”

The White House National Security Council John Kirby expressed empathy with the victims as the US embassy expressed its outrage at the tragedy once again.

The widow of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, Yulia Navalnaya, asked for everyone engaged in the assault to be held accountable and termed the incident a “nightmare in Crocus.”

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