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Deadly Attack rocks Moscow concert venue: ISIS claims responsibility

Over 130 killed in assault at Crocus City Hall, prompting global outcry and heightened security measures

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More than 130 people were killed and numerous others injured in a deadly assault at Crocus City Hall, a popular concert venue complex near Moscow, Friday night. Assailants armed with guns and incendiary devices stormed the venue, unleashing chaos and devastation.

Following ISIS's claim of responsibility for the assault, a chilling video depicting the deadly terrorist attack at a concert hall near Moscow has emerged. Released by the Islamic State jihadist organization via the Telegram platform, the 1-minute 31-second footage captures harrowing scenes of gunmen indiscriminately opening fire inside Krasnogorsk's Crocus City Hall, resulting in the deaths of at least 133 people and leaving dozens injured. This incident marks one of the deadliest terrorist attacks in recent years in Russia.

Caution! Disturbing images:

Russian state media TASS reported Saturday that four suspects linked to the attack were apprehended in the Bryansk region and subsequently transferred to Moscow. They are now under the custody of Russia's Investigative Committee.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky criticized Russian President Vladimir Putin's delayed response, accusing him of waiting overnight before addressing the Russian populace. Putin, in his public statement, pointed fingers at Ukraine, suggesting its involvement in the terror incident at the concert hall.

The Russian interior ministry has disclosed that all detained terrorists in the Bryansk region are foreign nationals, as reported by Russian state media. The confession of one of the captured individuals was reportedly published on Telegram by RIA Novosti, although CNN cannot independently verify these claims.

Meanwhile, Ukraine's Defense Intelligence spokesperson, Andrii Yusov, vehemently denied any involvement in the attack, countering Putin's assertions. Several Russian officials have insinuated Ukrainian complicity in the assault, albeit without providing concrete evidence.

The global community has reacted with condemnation and condolences. French, Israeli, and Turkish leaders, along with the United States and United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, have all denounced the heinous act of violence.

Belarus has claimed to have thwarted the escape of the alleged attackers across its border, assisting in Russia's efforts to apprehend the suspects.

Estimates suggest that the damage caused by the attack at Crocus City Hall amounts to billions of rubles, equivalent to approximately $103-124 million, according to a shopping union vice president, as reported by Russian state media RIA Novosti.

The aftermath of the assault has sent shockwaves through Russia and the international community, prompting heightened security measures and a renewed focus on combating terrorism.

Source: CNN and Kathimerini.gr

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