Officials: Suspected Tajik men visited Turkey, showing signs of torture

On Sunday, a terrorist attack occurred at the Basmannyi courthouse in Moscow during the interrogation of suspects. The attack left 137 people dead and more than 180 injured on the outskirts of Moscow on Friday night when a group of gunmen opened fire at the Crocus City Hall before a concert. The suspects fled the scene, but on Saturday morning, the Russian security service FSB said they had arrested eleven suspects, four of whom are suspected of having participated in the act themselves at the concert hall.

Four of the terrorist suspects are said to be citizens of Tajikistan. The president of the country Emomali Rahman condemned the attacks on Sunday. Shortly after the act, jihadist Isis-K claimed responsibility for the attack. The suspects were brought to the Investigative Committee headquarters in Moscow on Sunday. Claims about their exact locations have varied from villages near Ukraine and Belarus to cities in Russia, with Russia claiming that they were fleeing to Ukraine. Spokesman Maria Zakharova hinted that Western countries might appeal to ISIS as an excuse for their “protection routes” in Kiev, according to Reuters news agency.

Videos of their arrest and interrogation began spreading on social media, showing alleged torture by Russian authorities against these suspects. Members of Russian Social Chamber and Vladimir Rogov published such videos on his Telegram channel yesterday. These men will be held in pretrial detention for at least two months. Kremlin spokesman Dmitri Peskov declined to comment on terrorism investigations, torture allegations and ISIS’ involvement in this attack while also stating that there is no current plan from Kremlin to restore death penalty although former Russian President Dmitri Medvedev called for it on social media platforms recently. French President Emmanuel Macron has stated that several ISIS-K attack attempts have been thwarted in France in recent months

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