• April 20, 2024

Over 100 killed after gunmen open fire at Moscow concert hall, ISIS claims responsibility

 Over 100 killed after gunmen open fire at Moscow concert hall, ISIS claims responsibility


ByMike BrestandJack Birle

At least 115 people have been killed in Moscow, according to Russian officials, after several gunmen opened fire inside a large concert hall.

Russian state media reported that three people dressed in camouflage used automatic weapons and opened fire in the Crocus City Hall. There were multiple explosions during the chaotic scene.

On Saturday, Russian state media reported that the country’s Federal Security Service had detained 11 people – including four terrorists – in connection with that attack.

“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 said, per Russian state media outlet TASS.

The Federal Security Service said on Saturday there were about 115 fatalities, with several additional people injured, according to the Associated Press. Hours after the attack, ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack, per CNN, citing the Telegram account of ISIS-affiliated news agency Amaq.

A massive blaze is seen over the Crocus City Hall on the western edge of Moscow, Russia, Friday, March 22, 2024. (Sergei Vedyashkin/Moscow News Agency via AP)

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova described it as a terrorist attack.

Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin called the incident a “terrible tragedy.”

“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,” Sobyanin said in a statement.

The attack occurred about two weeks after the U.S. Embassy in Russia warned U.S. citizens to avoid large gatherings due to concerns that “extremists have imminent plans” to target such events in Moscow. There’s no clear connection between the attack and the previous warning from the embassy.


The warning, issued on March 7, stressed that the threat was most concerning for the 48 hours after it was alerted, which has long since passed.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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