Saturday, March 23, 2024

ISIS Takes Responsibility for Moscow Concert Shooting That Killed 60, injured 145; Putin Dismissed US Warnings About a Potential Terror Incident; FRL-RVC-SB Captures ‘two settlements’: 1,000+ RU Forces ‘thrown to slaughter’; UKR Downs 92 Aerial Targets; 57 Combat Clashes F-Lines, LIVE UPDATES and LOTS MORE

NY POST: ISIS takes responsibility for Moscow concert shooting that killed 60, injured 145:
At least 60 people were massacred and 145 others were wounded after several gunmen opened fire during a concert in Moscow on Friday, according to Russian officials.
ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack in a brief statement posted on Telegram on its affiliated news agency Amaq. The terrorist group did not provide any evidence to substantiate their claim.
Disturbing video posted online showed gunmen in military uniforms shooting screaming civilians with automatic weapons as others ducked for cover at the Crocus City Hall, where Russian rock band Picnic was about to take the stage for a sold-out show.
Other footage shows the men firing at concertgoers at point-blank range below the venue’s entrance sign as bloodied bodies lay motionless on the ground.
Russian media reports said that the assailants threw explosives, triggering the massive blaze at the hall, which can hold 6,200 people. Video showed flames and black smoke light up the night sky as scores of ambulances, fire trucks and riot police flocked to the chaotic scene.
Helicopters dropped water on the building as responders evacuated around 100 people from the basement, Russian media reported. The fire caused the venue’s roof to collapse.
Russia’s Investigative Committee, the top state criminal investigation agency, confirmed that more than 60 people were killed. Another 145 were injured, of which 115 victims — including five children — were hospitalized.
“Unfortunately, the number of victims may increase,” the agency said in a statement.
Law enforcement officials said several men in combat fatigues entered the concert hall and fired on concertgoers.
“Suddenly there were bangs behind us — shots. A burst of firing — I do not know what,” one witness who asked not to be named told Reuters. --->READ MORE HERE
AP Photo/Dmitry Serebryakov
Putin dismissed US warnings about a potential terror incident as 'blackmail' just 3 days before concert hall attack:
Russian President Vladimir Putin dismissed US warnings about a potential terror incident in Moscow just days before gunmen attacked a concert hall in the city on Friday.
At least 40 people are dead and more than 100 are injured after multiple armed individuals stormed the Crocus City Hall in Moscow, state-run news agency TASS reported, citing Russia's Federal Security Service, or FSB, which called the incident a "terrorist attack."
Graphic videos posted to social media are purporting to show the attack unfolding. In some of the footage, gunshots and screams of concertgoers can be heard.
According to Russian state media, the unidentified gunmen were armed with assault rifles and opened fire in the lobby of the building before moving into the main concern hall, where a band was scheduled to perform. It added that an explosion inside the venue sparked the fire, which has engulfed at least a third of the building and spread to the roof.
Earlier this month, the US embassy in Russia issued a security alert warning about a potential terror attack in Moscow and urged people to avoid crowds, monitor local media for updates, and be aware of surroundings.
"The Embassy is monitoring reports that extremists have imminent plans to target large gatherings in Moscow, to include concerts, and U.S. citizens should be advised to avoid large gatherings over the next 48 hours," the March 7 security alert said. --->READ MORE HERE
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