Loss of life toll in Crocus Metropolis Corridor terror assault rises to 133

Tass experiences the Russian Investigative Committee has introduced that the dying toll from Friday’s taking pictures and arson terror assault on the Crocus Metropolis Corridor has risen to 133.

41 individuals have been recognized and named as killed by the ministry of well being. 107 individuals are in hospital.


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Feedback from different safety specialists that the Reuters information company has gathered embrace Yassin Musharbash, a German journalist and safety specialist, stated the language, content material and channels of communication that have been used for the declare of duty confirmed that the declare undoubtedly got here from Islamic State.

In a submit on X/Twitter, he stated that didn’t imply it was factually true that the group carried out the assault, however that this was believable.

Re: #Moscow assault, yet another time:

1- The declare of duty by #IS/#ISIS is AUTHENTIC. Proper channels, lingo, content material. I’ve expertise w/ these claims.

2- Is the declare FACTUALLY TRUE? That I can’t decide from right here (Berlin). BUT: it’s believable that IS is behind it

— yassin musharbash (@abususu) March 23, 2024

Prior to now, militant teams have been recognized to say assaults carried out by others, in the event that they match with their most well-liked targets and propaganda objectives.

IS has robust motivation to strike Russia, which intervened towards it in Syria’s civil struggle in 2015 on the aspect of President Bashar al-Assad.

Michael Kugelman of the Washington-based Wilson Heart stated ISIS-Ok “sees Russia as being complicit in actions that recurrently oppress Muslims”.


A declare of duty by the Islamic State for a bloodbath of Russian concertgoers close to Moscow seems to be believable and matches with a sample of earlier marauding assaults by Islamist militants, safety analysts stated on Saturday, Reuters experiences.

One main knowledgeable stated, nevertheless, it was uncommon and putting that the assailants had fashioned and executed an escape plan as an alternative of pursuing their rampage to the purpose of being gunned down.

Adam Dolnik, a Czech safety knowledgeable who has studied previous Islamist assaults in India, Kenya, Russia and elsewhere, stated the Islamic State declare appeared credible, though “that won’t cease the Russians from leveraging this for his or her overseas coverage agenda vis-a-vis Ukraine and the west”.

Dolnik stated in a phone interview that assaults by marauding gunmen have been a typical modus operandi in recent times for IS and al-Qaida.

He famous the Islamic State has a report of earlier assaults towards Russia, together with the bombing of a 2015 flight from the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh to St Petersburg and a 2022 assault on the Russian embassy in Kabul. Earlier this month, Russia’s FSB stated it had foiled an assault on a Moscow synagogue by ISIS-Ok, an affiliate of the group. Dolnik stated:

Should you line up all this stuff collectively, then I feel it’s fully conceivable that this could be an IS assault.

The one factor that was uncommon was that the perpetrators had made their escape, he stated.

A person walks close to Purple Sq. in Moscow on Saturday night. {Photograph}: Shamil Zhumatov/Reuters


Up to date at 13.23 EDT

The USA strongly condemns the assault by armed males close to Moscow on Friday that killed a minimum of 143 individuals and injured many dozens extra, the US secretary of state Antony Blinken stated on Saturday, Reuters experiences:

We ship our deepest condolences to the households and family members of these killed and all affected by this heinous crime. We condemn terrorism in all its varieties and stand in solidarity with the individuals of Russia in grieving the lack of life from this horrific occasion.

Blinken is at present within the Center East attempting, to this point with out success, to assist dealer some type of a ceasefire in Israel’s navy offensive in Gaza and the discharge of hostages nonetheless held by Hamas within the Palestinian territory it controls.

US secretary of state Antony Blinken arriving in Tel Aviv, Israel, on Friday, because the push for a ceasefire between Hamas and Israel continues. {Photograph}: Evelyn Hockstein/Reuters


Up to date at 13.15 EDT

Andrew Roth

Andrew Roth

In movies and eyewitness accounts, an image of terror and confusion emerges as the lads burst into the live performance corridor firing automated weapons, taking pictures at point-blank vary into inclined our bodies, then stalked by way of Crocus Metropolis Corridor on Moscow’s outskirts for almost an hour as panicked concertgoers scrambled by way of the bowels of the constructing to discover a means out.

“I noticed a tall man in camouflage,” Alexander, a witness within the live performance corridor, advised Russian state media. “They didn’t say something. They simply began taking pictures on the individuals in entrance of them.”

Astonishingly, many individuals within the corridor pulled out their cell phones and caught footage of the gunmen methodically firing into the crowds, in addition to the panicked reactions of others fleeing for the exits. “Put your cellphone away and crawl!” one man might be heard screaming in footage posted on-line, because the gunmen hearth into the crowds under the balcony. Some on the decrease ranges needed to crawl out previous the lifeless and wounded.

Yulia Kharitonova and her boyfriend have been late to the live performance by Piknik, a Russian rock band fashioned in Leningrad within the Nineteen Seventies. As they rushed into the corridor simply after 8pm, the gunmen opened hearth.

“It seems they have been proper behind us,” she advised the Astra Telegram channel. “We got here in … and there weren’t many individuals there. [The attackers] shot and ran to the place there have been extra individuals. I used to be shot within the shoulder, my boyfriend was hit within the legs and arms.

“A girl with a bullet by way of her temple fell proper subsequent to me,” she continued. “A cheerful girl was promoting tickets on the entrance, after which we ran away, and she or he was mendacity with these tickets with a bullet in her head. I nonetheless have this image in entrance of my eyes. We ran over the our bodies by way of the identical doorways [we came in through], we already heard sirens, the police and ambulances have been coming.”


Up to date at 13.14 EDT

Andrew Roth

Andrew Roth

The Guardian is about to publish a report gathered from eyewitnesses to the assault, claimed by Islamic State, on a live performance on the outskirts of Moscow on Friday evening that killed 133 individuals.

Right here’s an extract:

The lady lies in a hospital mattress, staring straight towards the ceiling. The left aspect of her face is swollen, her left arm wrapped in gauze.

In a preternaturally calm voice, she speaks on digital camera of how the gunmen within the Crocus Metropolis live performance corridor noticed her and a small group of individuals as they fled the carnage of the worst terror assault on Russian soil in many years.

“They noticed us,” she advised RT, a Russian state-funded information company. “Certainly one of them ran again and began taking pictures at individuals. I fell to the ground and pretended to be lifeless. I used to be bleeding,” she stated, pointing at her temple.

The gunmen opened hearth into a few of the our bodies as they lay on the bottom, she stated.

“The lady mendacity subsequent to me was killed.”

The gunmen then set hearth to the corridor, apparently hoping to kill all these left inside.

“Then the flames flared up. They closed the entrance door, however they in all probability couldn’t shut the lock,” stated the girl, who didn’t give her title. “I used to be mendacity underneath the door, respiratory air. After a while, I crawled out, three minutes handed, perhaps 4. I appeared round, crawled to the exit. I realised that there was nobody there and went outdoors.”


Up to date at 13.11 EDT

Dan Sabbagh

Dan Sabbagh

The group that has claimed duty for the assault on the live performance corridor in Russia on Friday evening, Islamic State Khorasan Province (ISKP), additionally claimed it carried out the assault on a crowd in Kerman in southern Iran in January.

That occurred in the course of the marking of the anniversary of the killing of Qassem Suleimani, the Iranian senior Revolutionary Guards commander, in the course of the administration of US president Donald Trump.

At the very least 84 individuals died in that assault when two blasts ripped by way of the group close to Suleimani’s tomb 4 years after he was killed by a US drone strike in Baghdad. Suleimani had been a staunch enemy of IS, which resents the harm he did to its trigger in Iraq and Syria.

ISKP was additionally behind one other suicide bomb assault at Kabul airport, Afghanistan, in August 2021, killing 170 Afghans and 13 US troops, within the means of finishing up the retreat from the nation ordered by the US president, Joe Biden, a couple of months earlier. Its focus might have been Russia on Friday, however lower than three years in the past it was US forces.

Final 12 months, leaks from US intelligence confirmed that ISKP, based mostly in Afghanistan, was conducting “aspirational plotting” within the US, Europe and Asia, with targets such because the final World Cup in Qatar. Regardless of the west’s wider relationship with Moscow, counter-terror investigators know it’s time to be significantly vigilant.


Up to date at 13.10 EDT

Dan Sabbagh

Dan Sabbagh

It was a warning that proved grimly prophetic. Simply over two weeks in the past, as Russia’s presidential election was reaching its remaining phases, the US embassy in Moscow stated it was “monitoring experiences that extremists have imminent plans to focus on giant gatherings in Moscow, to incorporate live shows” over the following 48 hours.

The unusually clear public alert was repeated by the UK, which reiterated its longstanding recommendation, warning British residents towards going to Russia. As an in depth ally within the 5 Eyes intelligence alliance, Britain can have seen no matter uncooked intelligence the US warning was based mostly on, almost certainly intercepted communications.

No assault got here inside that timeframe, however it’s now tragically clear the respite was solely non permanent. Friday evening’s terrorist assault by a bunch of gunmen on crowds attending a pop live performance on the outskirts of Moscow has left a minimum of 133 lifeless and 140 wounded, duty for which was claimed by Islamic State.

Whether or not extra particulars underpinning the warning have been handed from the US to their Russian counterparts is unclear, given the 2 nations are engaged in a proxy struggle in Ukraine, neither is it sure the alert would have been well-received. However it’s an uncomfortable reminder that large-scale terror assaults haven’t gone away.

Full report right here.

Automobiles drive previous an promoting display on the facade of a constructing displaying a picture of a lit candle and the slogan ‘We Mourn 22.03.24’ in Moscow on 23 March 2024, a day after a gun assault on the Crocus Metropolis Corridor in Russia’s Krasnogorsk. {Photograph}: AFP/Getty Photographs

The 5 Eyes is a longstanding intelligence-sharing coalition of the US, UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

Russia’s declare that Ukraine is concerned within the Friday assault on the outskirts of Moscow “lacks credibility”.


Up to date at 12.58 EDT

An internet info company near the Islamic State, the Amaq company, has revealed {a photograph} of what it claims are the 4 attackers within the Crocus Metropolis Corridor terrorist assault, in line with The Insider, a information outlet based mostly in Riga, Latvia, that covers Russian information and retains a gimlet eye on Russian propaganda and pretend information.

The Insider experiences that the garments worn by two people throughout questioning by Russian safety matches the clothes worn in {a photograph} launched by the IS-affiliated Amaq Company.https://t.co/GbfzIcQ8qW

— Pjotr Sauer (@PjotrSauer) March 23, 2024

The Insider crew stated they examined photographs of two suspects and in contrast their outfits to the image put out by Amaq, and experiences the next, which we’ve used Google Translate to interpret:

As The Insider was capable of discover, the colour, minimize and print on the garments of two of them coincides with the garments of these detained on suspicion of committing a terrorist assault. Earlier, the pinnacle of the FSB, Alexander Bortnikov, reported to Putin in regards to the detention of 11 individuals, together with all 4 terrorists allegedly straight concerned within the terrorist assault at Crocus. Telegram channels revealed a photograph of one of many detained suspects. Based on preliminary information, we’re speaking about 19-year-old native of Dushanbe Muhammadsobir Fayzov. Throughout his arrest, he was wounded within the eye and is now present process surgical procedure.

State Duma deputy Alexander Khinshtein reported earlier that the Renault automobile during which the suspects have been driving was found at evening close to the village of Khatsun, Karachevsky district, Bryansk area. The automobile didn’t cease on the request of legislation enforcement officers and tried to flee. Margarita Simonyan [editor-in-chief of the state-controlled broadcast channel RT and described by Newsweek as a “Kremlin propagandist”] revealed an interrogation of one of many detainees. The person’s clothes additionally matches that of one of many militants within the {photograph} revealed by the Amaq company.


Up to date at 12.52 EDT

As a reminder of some Russia-related information from Friday and its ties to the newest developments in Israel’s navy offensive in Gaza, listed below are a couple of factors and a hyperlink to the opposite liveblog the Guardian is operating on its web site in the mean time.

The shock US decision launched on the United Nations Safety Council in New York on Friday morning, urging a ceasefire in Gaza linked to a hostage deal, was vetoed by Russia, in addition to China, which means that with veto powers, the decision was not adopted.

This prolonged the five-month deadlock within the worldwide physique over the Israel-Gaza struggle, which has killed greater than 32,000 Palestinians. Learn a full information report right here from my Washington colleague Julian Borger and evaluation from my London colleague Patrick Wintour.

On Saturday, the UN secretary basic António Guterres stated the world had seen sufficient of the horrors in Gaza and appealed for a ceasefire to permit in additional help.

He spoke on the crossing on the Egyptian aspect of Rafah, the place most of Gaza’s inhabitants has sought refuge, however Israel has vowed to ship in floor troops towards Hamas militants, regardless of the fears of Guterres and different world leaders.

“Palestinians in Gaza – kids, girls, males – stay caught in a continuous nightmare,” Guterres stated. “I carry the voices of the overwhelming majority of the world who’ve seen sufficient”.

Our world crew is following information developments out of Gaza and the Center East and you’ll learn that because it occurs right here.


Up to date at 12.00 EDT

The Guardian has compiled a brand new, quick video summarising the information of the terrorist assault on the outskirts of Moscow on Friday evening.

It’s fastidiously edited however, to warn readers, nonetheless comprises the sound of photographs from high-powered weapons the attackers are believed to have carried, and exhibits the horrible blaze and aftermath contained in the live performance corridor, which was introduced underneath management by round midnight native time.

Moscow concert hall attack: what we know so far  – video report
Moscow live performance corridor assault: what we all know to this point – video report


Up to date at 11.57 EDT

The Islamic State (IS) jihadist group stated on Saturday that 4 of its militants carried out an assault on a live performance corridor in a Moscow suburb that Russian authorities stated killed a minimum of 133 individuals and used firebombs amongst its weapons, the Agence-France Presse (AFP) experiences. IS stated on certainly one of its Telegram channels:

The assault was carried out by 4 IS fighters armed with machine weapons, a pistol, knives and firebombs.

The militant group stated its fighters killed “dozens of Christians” as a part of its “raging struggle” with nations it stated have been preventing Islam.

The jihadists had already stated on Friday evening they carried out the assault, and claimed their fighters had “returned to base safely”.

This contradicts the assertions of Vladimir Putin. The Kremlin, which has not reacted to the militant group’s declare, stated 11 individuals had been arrested “together with 4 terrorists” concerned within the assault.

Russia is preventing IS in Syria and the jihadist group has additionally had a presence within the Muslim-majority Russian republics of Ingushetia, Dagestan and Chechnya.

The group has carried out assaults in Russia however has by no means earlier than stated it was behind such a serious atrocity.

Russian nationwide guard (Rosgvardiya) officers stroll previous the Kremlin wall in Moscow on 23 March 2024, the day after the assault. {Photograph}: Tatyana Makeyeva/AFP/Getty Photographs


Up to date at 11.12 EDT

The 4 suspected gunmen detained after a lethal assault on a live performance corridor close to Moscow are all overseas residents, Russia’s inside ministry stated on Saturday, Reuters experiences.

Russia stated it had arrested all 4 gunmen suspected of finishing up the taking pictures bloodbath, and the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, pledged to trace down and punish these behind the assault.

There may be nonetheless little element on this, so do keep tuned.


Up to date at 11.13 EDT

The Russian inside ministry is issuing a press release saying that the attackers within the Moscow live performance corridor tragedy are “not Russian residents”.

This newest line is simply rising and we’ll have extra for you in a second.

The Reuters information company is releasing particulars.


Up to date at 10.51 EDT

US advised Russia Islamic State was planning to assault Moscow – report

US intelligence gathered intelligence simply this month that ISPK, a department of the Islamic State group based mostly in Afghanistan, was eyeing Russia for a terrorist assault, the New York Instances has reported, citing unnamed US officers.

The outlet goes on to elucidate that IS has been comparatively quiet till lately however has been stepping up efforts to launch assaults on anti-Islamist targets in Europe and past. Some plots had been thwarted, leaving specialists to imagine that IS had diminished scope, till now.

Referring to the ISPK as ISIS-Ok, the New York Instances quotes an analyst who stated that IS has been important of Vladimir Putin and Russian propaganda.

Colin Clarke, a counterterrorism analyst on the Soufan Group, a safety consulting agency based mostly in New York, advised the New York Instances:

ISIS-Ok has been fixated on Russia for the previous two years [and] accuses the Kremlin of getting Muslim blood in its fingers, referencing Moscow’s interventions in Afghanistan, Chechnya and Syria.

The US crew has now taken this weblog from our colleagues in London and we’ll hold you updated with the information from Russia because it develops and reaches us.


Up to date at 10.50 EDT

Abstract of the day …

Vladimir Putin has advised the Russian people who Ukraine is linked to the Crocus Metropolis Corridor terror assault on Friday evening that killed a minimum of 133 individuals. In a video deal with lasting five-and-a-half minutes, the newly relected Russian president stated Russian safety forces believed they’d apprehended all 4 direct individuals within the assault, who have been caught heading for Ukraine, which was making ready to obtain them over the border. Kyiv has rubbished the claims. 11 individuals have been detained in complete.

Islamic State has claimed it carried out the assault, one thing which Putin didn’t point out in his deal with. He described it as a “bloody, barbaric terrorist act”, Putin stated the victims have been “dozens of peaceable, harmless individuals – our compatriots, together with kids, youngsters, and girls”. He stated the Russian Federation would “establish and punish everybody who ready the terrorist assault”.

Ukraine has denied any hyperlink to the assault. Presidential advisor Mykhailo Podolyak stated makes an attempt to attach the 2 have been “completely untenable”. He stated “Ukraine has not the slightest connection to this incident. Ukraine has a full-scale struggle with Russia and can clear up the issue of Russia’s aggression on the battlefield”. Neither Putin nor the FSB publicly introduced any proof of a hyperlink with Ukraine.

107 individuals stay in hospital after the assault, together with three kids, certainly one of whom is described as being in important situation. After a drive to obtain blood donations in Moscow, deputy prime minister Tatyana Golikova stated “there may be sufficient drugs, blood, and dressing supplies”. Moscow authorities have stated they’ll pay compensation to these affected, and prepare funerals for these killed.

Putin has declared Sunday 24 March a day of nationwide mourning. Individuals have been laying flowers and toys as a tribute to the victims on the web site of the assault, and alos outdoors Russian embassies all around the globe.

Photographs from contained in the venue present that the auditorium has been fully gutted by hearth and the roof has collapsed. Russian authorities say individuals died each from gunshot wounds and the consequences of the fireplace.

The terrorist assault has been extensively condemned around the globe. However tensions brought on by Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, Britain’s overseas secretary, Ursula von der Leyen, Emmanuel Macron and Nato have been amongst these condemning the assault and providing condolences. Putin spoke to the leaders of Belarus and Uzbekistan by cellphone. Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdoğan additionally supplied his help, saying terrorism is “the frequent enemy of humanity”


Loss of life toll in Crocus Metropolis Corridor terror assault rises to 133

Tass experiences the Russian Investigative Committee has introduced that the dying toll from Friday’s taking pictures and arson terror assault on the Crocus Metropolis Corridor has risen to 133.

41 individuals have been recognized and named as killed by the ministry of well being. 107 individuals are in hospital.


The Russian Embassy within the UK has posted a thanks message to those that have left flowers in London as a tribute to the victims of yesterday’s assault.


Three kids nonetheless in hospital – one in important situation

RIA has revealed a brief video clip of a medical press convention speaking in regards to the situation of these in hospital. In it, deputy prime minister Tatyana Golikova introduced:

At this cut-off date, there are 107 sufferers in medical establishments. Of those, three are kids, one little one is in important situation, two kids are in severe situation.

Among the many adults, 15 are in extraordinarily severe situation, 42 are in severe situation. We actively work together with all medical establishments.

We offer and proceed to supply the mandatory medical care to everybody. As soon as once more I wish to emphasise that there’s sufficient drugs, blood, and dressing supplies.


Up to date at 09.32 EDT

Russian authorities have issued some extra photos from contained in the Crocus Metropolis Corridor as investigations and a clean-up operation proceed.

Legislation enforcement officers working inside what’s left of the auditorium. {Photograph}: RUSSIAN INVESTIGATIVE COMMITTEE/AFP/Getty Photographs
A hearth induced in depth harm to the constructing. {Photograph}: RUSSIAN INVESTIGATIVE COMMITTEE/AFP/Getty Photographs
Rescue employees on the entrance to the corridor. {Photograph}: RUSSIAN INVESTIGATIVE COMMITTEE/AFP/Getty Photographs


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