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US Secy of State Antony Blinken condemns terrorist attack in Moscow, affirms support to Russia


WASHINGTON DC: US Secretary of State Antony Blinken condemned the terrorist attack in Russia’s Moscow. He stated that US stands with Russia in grieving the loss of life after the terrorist attack at Crocus City Hall in Moscow, which claimed lives of 133 people.
In a post on X, Blinken stated, “The United States strongly condemns the March 22 terrorist attack in Moscow.We stand in solidarity with the people of Russia in grieving the loss of life after this horrific event.”
As many as 133 people have died in a terrorist attack at the Crocus City Hall music venue near Russia’s Moscow has risen to 133 people, TASS reported, citing Russian Investigative Committee.
The statement reads, “As the rubble was being removed in the concert hall of the Crocus City Hall, the number of people killed in the terrorist attack has risen to 133. The search operation is underway.”
Earlier, it was reported that US officials had privately apprised Russian officials about the intelligence pointing to an impending attack, the New York Times reported.The US gathered intelligence in March that Islamic State-Khorasan, known as ISIS-K, the branch of the group based in Afghanistan, had been planning an attack on Moscow, according to officials. ISIS members have been active in Russia, a US official said.
After a period of relative quiet, the Islamic State has been trying to increase its external attacks, according to US counterterrorism officials. Most of those plots in Europe have been thwarted, prompting assessments that the group has diminished capabilities.
The Russian intelligence agencies detained 11 people, including four ‘terrorists’, who they claimed were ‘directly’ involved in a terrorist attack on the Crocus City Hall, TASS reported citing Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) statement on Saturday.
“The activities of intelligence and law enforcement agencies have resulted in the detention of 11 people, including four terrorists, who directly participated in the terrorist attack on the Crocus City Hall,” the statement read.
The tragic events unfolded on Friday evening at Crocus City Hall in Krasnogorsk, on the western outskirts of the Russian capital. The concert venue, with an estimated capacity of 7,500, was almost full when the terrorists struck. The assault took place ahead of a performance by the Russian rock band Picnic, RT news agency reported.
According to the mobile phone footage and eyewitness accounts, at least five gunmen wearing military-style gear and carrying assault rifles first opened fire at unarmed security guards at the main entrance to the venue. They then proceeded to shoot indiscriminately at the fleeing crowd of panicked visitors.
After the terrorists reached the concert hall, they appeared to set fire to rows of chairs inside, with the blaze quickly engulfing much of the building, including its roof. Investigators have stated that preliminary findings based on evidence at the scene appear to confirm that the terrorists used automatic weapons during the attack, and used some sort of flammable liquid to set fire to the premises.
The Investigative Committee said it is now carrying out ballistic, genetic, and fingerprint analysis based on the material evidence found at the scene. The ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack at the concert venue complex near Moscow on Friday night after assailants stormed the venue with guns and incendiary devices, CNN reported.
Following the attack, Russian President Vladimir Putin in a televised address on Saturday declared March 24 a day of national mourning, TASS reported. In a televised address to people of Russia, he said, “I declare March 24 a day of national mourning,” the head of state said in a televised address to Russians.”
He vowed to punish terrorists after they carried out an attack at the Crocus City Hall. Putin said, “Our people, our children, just like the Nazis that once killed our people during the war. They do the same. All the orchestrators, all those who are responsible for this crime will inevitably be found responsible, they will pay. We will identify everyone who stands behind these terrorists and they will pay. This is a strike against Russia.”
He said that Russia will investigate the terrorist attack and added that all four perpetrators who were directly involved in the attack were apprehended. He asserted that the investigative authorities will make every effort to identify the details of the attack.

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