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‘Suspects’ arrested over Moscow concert hall attack as death toll rises – latest

Jeremy Hunt urges Britain to remain “vigilant” after attack on a Moscow concert hall

Footage has emerged showing the suspected four gunmen being blindfolded and led into the headquarters of the Russian Investigative Committee.

Vladimir Putin said the four attackers who opened fire at a concert near Moscow had been arrested, as Russians mourn the 137 victims killed in the massacre.

Addressing the nation after the deadliest attack inside the country in two decades, the Russian president said a total of 11 people had been arrested and promised that whoever ordered the attack on Crocus City Hall would be “justly and inevitably dealt with.” will be punished.”

Meanwhile, Jeremy Hunt warned European countries that they must “remain vigilant” after IS claimed responsibility for the attack, suggesting the jihadist group still has the ability to organize serious atrocities.

Speak with Sky News On Sunday, the chancellor called the loss of civilian lives a “tragedy” but continued to condemn the Kremlin for “creating a propaganda veil” after apparently trying to link Ukraine to the attack.

Mykhaylo Podolyak, an adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, disputed Putin’s claims that the four shooters were on their way to Ukraine when they were captured by Russian security forces, calling the claims “absurd.”

Russia’s State Investigative Committee revised the death toll in the massacre to 137 on Sunday afternoon.

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Watch: Blindfolded ‘suspects’ dragged into Moscow headquarters in concert attack

Blindfolded, “suspects” of a concert attack are dragged into Moscow headquarters

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Moscow will target shooting masterminds wherever they come from and whoever they are, an official says

Russia will target those behind a deadly shooting at a concert hall near Moscow, no matter where they come from and whoever they are, Dmitry Medvedev, deputy chairman of Russia’s Security Council, said on Sunday.

Medvedev, who said on Friday that those behind the attack should be hunted down and killed, last commented on his official account on the messaging service Telegram.

“We will avenge each and every one (of those killed and wounded). And those involved, regardless of their country of origin and status, are now our main and legitimate target,” he said.

Russia lowered flags to half-mast on Sunday in memory of the scores of people who were shot with automatic weapons in Friday’s attack outside Moscow.

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Islamic State still poses a threat in Iraq, US ambassador says

The Islamic State still poses a threat in Iraq and the U.S.-led military coalition’s work with Iraq to completely defeat the group is not yet complete, U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Alina Romanowski said in an interview with Reuters.

Senior Iraqi politicians, including Prime Minister Mohammed Shia al-Sudani, have repeatedly said the group no longer poses a threat in Iraq and the coalition is not needed, even as its affiliates continue to carry out attacks elsewhere.

“We both understand that ISIS (Islamic State) still represents a threat here that has been greatly reduced, but nevertheless our work is essentially not done and we want to ensure that Iraqi forces continue the lasting victory over ISIS can,” said Romanowski at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad.

She spoke after the Islamic State’s Afghan affiliate, ISIS-K, claimed responsibility for Friday’s attack on a rock concert near Moscow that killed 137 people.

“This event reminds us that ISIS is a common terrorist enemy that must be defeated everywhere,” she said in additional comments after the interview.

“That is why the United States and Iraq are committed to ensuring the lasting defeat of ISIS, including by working together to shape the future of a strong U.S.-Iraq bilateral security partnership.”

Tara CobhamMarch 24, 2024 5:00 p.m

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Watch: Evan Gershkovich’s colleague provides information about the life of a journalist in a Russian prison

Evan Gershkovich’s colleague provides information about the life of a journalist in a Russian prison

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The US vice president rejects claims of Ukrainian involvement and insists ISIS was responsible for the attack

The US vice president has firmly rejected the Kremlin’s claims that Ukraine was involved in Friday’s massacre near Moscow, insisting that ISIS was responsible for the attack.

Regarding the attack on the Russian concert hall, Kamala Harris told ABC: “No, there is no evidence at all [of Ukraine involvement].”

In an interview with Rachel Scott on Sunday, she said: “In fact, we know that ISIS-K is responsible in every way for what happened.”

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Watch: Zelensky rejects Putin’s claim that Ukraine was involved in the Moscow attack

Zelensky rejects Putin’s claim that Ukraine was involved in the attack in Moscow

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Suspects in the attack were taken to the Investigative Committee headquarters, the Russian state news agency reported

Suspects in the Crocus City Hall shooting were taken to the Investigative Committee headquarters in Moscow, Russian state news agency RIA reported on Sunday.

Russian authorities put the death toll in Friday’s mass shooting at a concert hall on the outskirts of Moscow at 137 people, including three children, up from an earlier estimate of 133, the Investigative Committee said.

Tara CobhamMarch 24, 2024 2:15 p.m

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BREAKING: Death toll in massacre rises to 137

The death toll from Friday’s massacre has risen to 137, Russia’s State Investigative Committee announced.

Russian authorities put the death toll in the mass shooting at a concert hall on the outskirts of Moscow at 137 people, including three children, up from an earlier estimate of 133.

The investigative committee also said 62 bodies were identified.

The Islamist militant group Islamic State claimed responsibility for the rampage, but there were suggestions that Russia was pursuing a connection to Ukraine, although Ukrainian officials strongly denied that Kiev had anything to do with it.

Tara CobhamMarch 24, 2024 2:06 p.m

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Russia says it dropped a fighter jet as US bombers approached the border

The Russian Defense Ministry said on Sunday it had grounded a MiG-31 fighter jet after two US B-1B bombers approached the Russian border over the Barents Sea.

The US bombers turned away from the Russian border after the approach of the MiG-31, the ministry said.

Tara CobhamMarch 24, 2024 1:45 p.m

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ISIS-K: What you should know about the group that claims an attack on Moscow

ISIS-K, a regional branch of ISIS, has claimed responsibility for the attack on a Moscow concert hall that killed at least 133 people.

The Islamic State of Khorasan (ISIS-K), named after a region that includes parts of Iran, Turkmenistan and Afghanistan, has earned a reputation for brutality – including claiming responsibility for a suicide attack on the Russian embassy in Kabul last year 2022.

Putin has become the focus of the group’s propaganda in recent years and appears to have firmly made Russia one of its main targets.

ISIS-K: What you should know about the group that claims an attack on Moscow

ISIS-K, a regional branch of ISIS, has claimed responsibility for the attack on a Moscow concert hall that killed at least 133 people. The Islamic State of Khorasan (ISIS-K), named after a region that includes parts of Iran, Turkmenistan and Afghanistan, has earned a reputation for brutality – including by claiming responsibility for a suicide attack on the Russian embassy in Kabul Year 2022. Putin has become the focus of the terrorist militia. The group’s propaganda has become widespread in recent years and appears to have firmly made Russia one of its main targets.

Tara CobhamMarch 24, 2024 1:00 p.m

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