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Updated March 23rd, 2024 at 09:04 IST

Moscow Concert Shooting: ISIS Claims Responsibility For Attack; Death Toll Rises to 80

The group did not provide any evidence to support the claim. The intention behind the attack is also unclear.

Reported by: Digital Desk
The Moscow concert hall was reportedly set ablaze during the attack.
The Moscow concert hall was reportedly set ablaze during the attack. | Image:AP
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Moscow: ISIS (Islamic State of Iran and Syria) has claimed responsibility for the attack at a popular concert venue in Moscow on Friday, where several assailants stormed the complex with guns and incendiary devices, killing at least 80 people and injuring almost 145, TASS reported.

The terror group claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement on Telegram, published by the ISIS-affiliated news agency Amaq. "Islamic State fighters attacked a large gathering of Christians in the city of Krasnogorsk on the outskirts of the Russian capital, Moscow, killing and wounding hundreds and causing great destruction to the place before they withdrew to their bases safely."

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However, the group did not provide any evidence to support the claim. The intention behind the attack is also unclear.

In the deadliest attack in Russia since the Beslan School Seige in 2004, several videos showed people rushing for the exits as repeated gunfire echoed above the screams. State Russian media 24 reported that the roof on the venue also partially collapsed.

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The attack unfolded before the music group Picnic who were scheduled to perform. The band's manager told the state media that all artists were unharmed. 

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'Terrible Tragedy'

Over 70 ambulance teams and doctors were called on the spot to assist the victims. Moscow City Duma Chairman Alexey Shaposhniko urged Moscow residents to donate blood to help treat victims.

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President Vladimir Putin was kept in the loop with the incident. However, no reaction has come up so far.

Moscow's Mayor Sergei Sobyanin called the attack a 'terrible tragedy.' His statement read, "Today a terrible tragedy occurred in the Crocus City center. My condolences to the loved ones of the victims. I gave orders to provide all necessary assistance to everyone who suffered during the incident."

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Published March 23rd, 2024 at 07:03 IST

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