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As of: March 24, 2024 3:43 p.m

Russia has noticed a day of nationwide mourning after essentially the most severe assault in over 20 years. The demise toll has now risen to 137. Many of the injured are nonetheless in mortal hazard.

After the assault on a live performance corridor close to Moscow that left greater than 130 lifeless, Russia noticed a day of mourning. Events in cultural establishments have been canceled and tv leisure and promoting have been suspended, the state information company Ria Novosti reported. Commemorative posters depicting a candle changed among the giant billboards in Moscow. “The entire country mourns with the people who lost their loved ones in this inhumane tragedy,” state TV channel Russia 24 stated.

People laid flowers at a makeshift memorial close to the burned-out live performance corridor. In Moscow, residents stood in lengthy queues within the rain to donate blood. Abroad, Serbia and Nicaragua joined the commemoration with their very own days of mourning.

Death toll elevated

The variety of deaths after the terrorist assault rose to 137. Among them had been three kids, stated the Russian Investigative Committee. The identification of the lifeless remains to be in progress. Since the assault on Friday night, 62 our bodies have been recognized. Many folks within the live performance corridor had been burned past recognition, it was stated.

Most of the greater than 150 injured individuals are nonetheless in hospital – a lot of them are in mortal hazard, stated Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova. The Ministry of Emergency Situations launched a video of heavy gear arriving at Crocus City Hall to clear particles. It had been feared that extra victims may very well be discovered beneath the rubble of the badly broken live performance corridor in Krasnogorsk, northwest of Moscow. However, this has not been the case thus far.

A big a part of the “Crocus City Hall” burned out as a result of assault.

IS claims accountability for the assault

Armed males entered the Crocus City Hall earlier than a live performance and fired indiscriminately at guests. They additionally set fires. According to authorities, a lot of these killed died from smoke inhalation. The jihadist militia “Islamic State” (IS) claimed accountability for the assault. ISIS later launched a suspected video of the assault. The one-minute, 31-second scene reveals a close-up of one of many shooters as he opens fireplace on a number of folks in a live performance corridor. The IS propaganda channel Amak additionally revealed pixelated pictures which are supposed to indicate the alleged attackers.

Nevertheless, Russian President Vladimir Putin is seemingly making an attempt to hyperlink Ukraine to the assault. The Russian authorities have arrested, amongst different issues, 4 suspected attackers, Putin stated in an handle to the nation. They had been captured whereas fleeing to Ukraine. An escape route had been ready for them on the Ukrainian facet of the border. Putin didn’t present any proof to help his declare. In complete, the Kremlin reported eleven arrests. With his feedback, Putin confirmed the model of his home secret service, the FSB, which had beforehand said that the attackers had “contacts” in Ukraine.

The Ukrainian authorities, nonetheless, denied involvement within the assault. She accused the Russian president and different politicians of falsely linking Ukraine to the assault as a way to achieve help for Russia's conflict in Ukraine.

US intelligence sources stated it had been confirmed that the Afghan department of IS, the Islamic State Khorasan Province (ISPK), was behind the assault. A spokeswoman for the US National Security Council, Adrienne Watson, stated he was “solely responsible for this attack”. “There was no Ukrainian involvement whatsoever.” Watson stated the United States supplied Russia with details about a deliberate terrorist assault in Moscow in early March.