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60 dead and more than 100 injured in attack on Moscow concert hall: 10 points

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60 dead and more than 100 injured in attack on Moscow concert hall: 10 points

Videos showed images of flames and black smoke billowing from the lobby.

More than 60 people were killed and around 115 others injured after gunmen opened fire on them at a Moscow concert hall, Russian authorities said, bringing the death toll to 40.

Here are the top 10 updates on this big story

  1. Russian Health Minister Mikhail Murashko said 115 people had been hospitalized, including five children, one in serious condition. Of the 110 adult patients, 60 were in serious condition, he said.

  2. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack, saying its fighters attacked “a large gathering” on the outskirts of Moscow and “withdrew safely to their bases.”

  3. Assailants dressed in camouflage uniforms entered the building, opened fire and threw grenades or incendiary bombs.

  4. Videos showed images of flames and black smoke billowing from the lobby. Three helicopters took part in efforts to put out the fire, dumping water on the giant concert hall which can accommodate several thousand people and has hosted top international artists.

  5. Dozens of people hid behind seats in the lobby or rushed to basement or roof entrances to escape the bullets. Shortly after midnight, the Ministry of Emergency Situations said the fire had been brought under control.

  6. The European Union, France, Spain and Italy joined several countries in condemning the attack. The United States called the attack “terrible” and said there were no immediate signs of any link to the conflict in Ukraine.

  7. Ukraine’s presidency said kyiv had “nothing to do” with the attack, while its military intelligence called the incident a Russian “provocation” and accused Moscow’s special services of being behind it. .

  8. The US Embassy had said two weeks before the attack that there was a risk that “extremists” would target mass gatherings in Moscow, including concerts.

  9. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Russian President Vladimir Putin was regularly informed about the shooting at the Crocus City Hall concert near Moscow.

  10. Putin wished the sick a speedy recovery. “The president wished everyone a speedy recovery and expressed his gratitude to the doctors,” Deputy Prime Minister Tatiana Golikova said, quoted by Russian news agencies.

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