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Putin claims Moscow concert hall gunmen tried to escape to UKRAINE as he vows to ‘punish’ terrorists behind massacre


VLADIMIR Putin has spoken out for the first time since time since Russia was rocked by a terror attack at a rock concert in Moscow last night that left at least 143 dead and 121 wounded.

The Russian leader, 71, called it a “barbaric terrorist attack” and attempted to blame the massacre on Ukraine and vowed to punish the perpetrators.

Vladimir Putin addressed the nation


Vladimir Putin addressed the nation

Masked men in camouflage gear wielding automatic weapons stormed the Crocus City Hall last night – opening fire and hurling explosives into a crowd.

Some 6,000 people are believed to have been inside the venue watching Russian rock band Picnic when the bloodshed began.

The gunmen began shooting civilians at point-blank range – through glass doors, turnstiles and then the concert hall itself, traumatised witnesses said.

Macabre footage showed piles of bodies outside the blackened concert venue on the western edge of Moscow.

Firefighters and emergency workers are now facing the grim task of going through the smouldering ruins to potentially find even more victims.

Three children were killed in the attack and four more are in hospital, Russia’s investigative committee said.

Russia’s security service (FSB) launched a massive manhunt to catch those responsible and have now detained 11 suspects, including four it says were “directly” involved in last night’s attack.

Two were apprehended after a car chase and two others fled into a forest before being detained – all four have been named and pictured by the FSB.

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