Death toll in Russia terror attack rises to 133

The US had warned Russia about the possible terror attack, which was rejected by President Putin, terming it as “provocative”…reports Asian Lite News

The death toll in the terror attack in Moscow’s Crocus City Hall has risen to 133, the Russian Emergencies Ministry said on Sunday. According to the ministry, 152 people were injured in the incident.

Moscow region governor Andrey Vorobyov said the kin of the deceased would get $32,500. Russian Security Service (FSB) director Alexander Bortnikov told Russian President Vladimir Putin that 11 people have been detained in connection with the attack on the Crocus complex near Moscow on Friday, according to Russian state media.

The US had warned Russia about the possible terror attack, which was rejected by President Putin, terming it as “provocative”.

All four terrorists directly involved in the attack are among those detained,” TASS reported. State-owned Russian news agency TASS also reported that the assailants had “contacts on the Ukrainian side.

Following a preliminary inspection, the committee said the terrorists used automatic weapons, along with ammunition that they had left behind in the concert hall. The committee added that ballistic, genetic and fingerprint examinations are being carried out.

It has also been established that the terrorists used flammable liquid to start a fire on the premises, it said. The mall was attacked around 8 p.m. (local time) on Friday just as a concert of famous rock band Piknik was about to begin at its music venue, causing chaos, RT reported.

The assailants targeted fleeing concertgoers and videos of the scene showed bodies strewn like litter. The assailants also reportedly lobbed hand grenades and used incendiaries to set the building on fire. The terrorist attack has drawn world-wide condemnation.

Foreign Secretary David Cameron said, “We offer our heartfelt condolences and express our deepest sympathy to the families of the many victims.”

The US has condemned the attack, describing it as a “terrible incident”.

Pakistan condemned the “horrendous” attack carried out at a concert hall in Moscow, the Pakistani Foreign Ministry said. “We express our deepest sympathies with the families of the victims,” the ministry said in a late-night statement.

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