Moscow Concert Hall Terror Attack Leaves 130+ Dead as Gunmen Storm Building — Multiple Suspects Arrested and Detained

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A terrorist attack on a Moscow concert hall has left more than 130 people dead. Gunmen stormed the complex and set the venue on fire. The terror group ISIS-K has claimed responsibility for the attack.

The attack unfolded late Friday night at the Crocus City Hall venue in the outskirts of Moscow, about 12 miles from the Kremlin. Rock group Picnic were playing on stage when gunmen burst into the venue’s foyer, with video of the incident showing at least four people shooting randomly.

One survivor of the attack told Russian TV, “I saw a person in the stalls with a sidearm and there were cracks [of gunfire] going off, I was trying to crawl behind a loudspeaker.”

At some point, the terrorists set the building on fire, with the facade of the building engulfed in flames. Glass from the bottom and two top floors of the seven-story building blew out from the heat. According to Russia’s Investigative Committee, they believe the terrorists used a flammable liquid to set fire to the building. It took more than ten hours to contain the blaze, with the shooting carnage lasting for about 20 minutes.

Many of the deaths were attributed to bullet wounds, but some people later died of smoke inhalation and other fire-related causes. Members of the band Picnic were unharmed, but more than 6,000 Russians were in attendance at the venue and many sustained wounds.

At least 137 people have been confirmed dead as of Sunday night, with three children listed among the deceased. 60 concert-goers remain in serious condition and authorities warn more could die from their wounds.

11 people have been arrested in connection with the terrorist attack, while Russian official say four of those arrested were directly involved in the attack. The four that appeared in court in Moscow on Sunday are named as Dalerdzhon Mirzoyev, Saidakrami Murodali Rachabalizoda, Shamsidin Fariduni, and Muhammadsobir Fayzov. Each of these men was charged with terrorism and will face life in prison.

The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attack, posting a statement calling it a “powerful blow against Russia.” Another post featured graphic footage of the attack as they opened fire on concertgoers, much like footage Hamas recorded during the October 7 attacks in Israel.