More than 130 killed: ISIS has claimed responsibility for an attack at a popular concert venue near Moscow Friday that left at least 133 dead and more wounded after assailants stormed the complex with guns and incendiary devices. Russian President Vladimir Putin called the attack a «barbaric terrorist act.»

 

CNN: Russian President Vladimir Putin has vowed to punish those behind a deadly attack on a Moscow concert hall that has claimed 133 lives, after authorities said the four main suspects were caught near the border with Ukraine.

Friday’s assault on the Crocus City Hall was the deadliest terror attack on Russia’s capital in decades and comes less than a week after Putin secured victory in a stage-managed election, tightening his grip on the country he has ruled since the turn of the century.

The terror group ISIS claimed responsibility for the deadly incident. A US official said Friday that Washington had no reason to doubt ISIS’ claim.

The development prompted UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Saturday to call for global cooperation against ISIS.

“ISIS is a terrorist organization that is operating in several parts of the world, and it is a very serious threat to us all … and we encourage all countries to work with each other in order to make sure that ISIS will not have the capacity to strike again anywhere else in the world,” Guterres said at a news conference.

Putin linked what he called a “barbaric terrorist attack” to Ukraine in a video statement released Saturday, as he expressed deep condolences and declared Sunday a national day of mourning.

The perpetrators, he said, had “tried to hide and move towards Ukraine, where, according to preliminary data, a window was prepared for them on the Ukrainian side to cross the border.”

Ukraine has denied any connection with the attack, and warned that Russia could use it as an excuse to ramp up its invasion.

A Russian law enforcement officer walks at a parking area near the burning Crocus City Hall concert venue following a shooting incident, outside Moscow, Russia, March 22, 2024.

Source: https://edition.cnn.com/europe/live-news/moscow-russia-shooting-03-23-24/index.html

 

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