Earlier this evening, a shooting attack at a Moscow concert hall left at least 40 killed and more than 100 injured. According to Russian media, several gunmen dressed in camouflage stormed into Crocus City Hall in Moscow’s western outskirts, blasting people with automatic gunfire.

Russia’s top investigative agency is looking into the incident as a terrorist act.

United States has stated that there is “no indication” that Ukraine was involved. The US embassy in Russia had earlier this month warned that “extremists” were preparing for an attack in Moscow.

The warning was issued several hours after the FSB announced that it had prevented an attack on a synagogue in Moscow by a cell of the extremist Sunni Muslim group Islamic State.

Meanwhile Russia’s foreign ministry spokeswoman has stated that if the US knows for certain that Ukraine is not involved, it should reveal any information it possesses.

On what basis do officials in Washington draw any conclusions in the midst of a tragedy about someone’s innocence?

Maria Zakharova – Russia’s Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman

The attack occurred right before the pop group Picnic was scheduled to perform, the band’s manager informed the state media Russia 24 that the artists were unharmed. The state media reporting on the current state of the city hall, the halls roof had partially collapsed.



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