Russia mourns as toll from concert hall massacre climbs to 137 – World


Russia noticed a nationwide day of mourning on Sunday after a massacre in a Moscow concert hall killed 137 folks, the deadliest assault in Europe to have been claimed by the Islamic State (IS) group.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has vowed to punish these behind the “barbaric terrorist assault”, saying 4 gunmen making an attempt to flee to Ukraine had been arrested.

Kyiv has strongly denied any connection, with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky accusing Putin of making an attempt to shift the blame onto them.

Putin, in his first public remarks on the assault, made no reference to a press release by IS claiming duty.

At least 133 folks have been killed when camouflaged gunmen stormed the Crocus City Hall, in Moscow’s northern suburb of Krasnogorsk, after which set hearth to the constructing on Friday night.

The Islamic State group wrote on Telegram on Saturday that the assault was “carried out by 4 IS fighters armed with machine weapons, a pistol, knives and firebombs,” as a part of “the raging conflict” with “nations combating Islam”.

It is the deadliest assault in Russia for nearly 20 years.

Russian officers anticipate the demise toll to rise additional, with greater than 100 wounded in hospital.

Russia’s Investigative Committee, which probes main crimes, mentioned rescue employees have been nonetheless pulling our bodies from the burnt-out constructing on Saturday.

The emergency conditions ministry has up to now named 29 of the victims, the blaze having difficult the method of identification.

The ministry posted a video on Sunday of heavy tools arriving on the scene of the hearth to dismantle broken constructions and clear particles.

Meanwhile, Pope Francis on Sunday condemned the capturing assault as a “vile” act that offends God, saying his prayers have been with the victims.

“I guarantee my prayers for the victims of the vile terrorist assault carried out in Moscow, could the Lord obtain them in his peace, consolation their households and convert the hearts of those that […] perform these inhuman actions that offend God,” the Pope mentioned in St. Peter’s Square after the Palm Sunday mass.

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