Russia declares day of national mourning following Moscow attack

On Sunday, Russia observed a day of national mourning after a tragic massacre in a concert hall in Moscow that claimed the lives of 133 people. The attack was carried out by Islamic State (IS) and involved four perpetrators who were arrested while trying to flee towards Ukraine. The suspects were described as foreign citizens and had planned to start a fire with flammable liquid before opening fire on the crowd with automatic weapons.

The Kremlin had reported the arrest of a total of 11 individuals, including the four terrorists involved in the attack. Search and rescue efforts at the concert hall continue as authorities use heavy equipment to dismantle damaged structures and remove debris. A video allegedly filmed by the attackers at the concert hall was shared on social media accounts linked to ISIS, showing armed individuals firing weapons and starting a fire in the lobby of Crocus City Hall.

In response to the attack, posters displaying a candle on a black background with the inscription “We are in mourning 03/22/2024” appeared on billboards and bus stops in Moscow. President Vladimir Putin denounced the “barbaric terrorist” act in a televised address on Saturday and promised to punish those responsible for this senseless act of violence. He also announced that Russia would increase security measures around public events and places of worship to prevent similar attacks from happening again.

The international community has expressed concern over a potential escalation of violence in the region following this tragic event. Efforts to investigate the motives and connections of those responsible for the attack are ongoing as Russia mourns its loss of lives in this senseless act of violence.

By Samantha Johnson

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