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Putin says all four gunmen were held after the attack in Moscow killed 133 people – and blames Ukraine

Four gunmen are among 11 people arrested after a massacre at a crowded Moscow concert hall, according to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Videos broadcast on Russian Media appears to show the detention and violent interrogation of the suspects.

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In some of the footage, a man was led out of a forest, his face covered in blood from an apparent ear injury, and before struggling to speak Russian.

Another video showed a man shaking on his knees and answering a series of barked questions in heavily accented Russian.

He was first shown lying on his stomach, his hands tied behind his back, his chin resting on the boot of a figure in camouflage uniform.

Sky News could not independently verify the videos.

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According to Russian news, the men were from Tajikistan.

The former Soviet country is located in Central Asia, is predominantly Muslim and borders Afghanistan.

Mr Putin claimed the gunmen tried to flee to Ukraine after the mass shooting that killed at least 133 people.

The accusation came despite the Islamist terrorist group Islamic State Khorasan (IS-K) claims responsibility for the attack on Friday evening.

“They tried to hide and went towards her Ukraine “Where, according to preliminary information, a window was prepared for them to cross the state border on the Ukrainian side,” Putin said of the suspects.

But neither he nor the FSB publicly presented evidence linking the attack to Ukraine, which he invaded 25 months ago.

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Putin promises to “punish” terrorists.

His words drew ridicule from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, who said it was “absolutely predictable” that “Putin and other scum are just trying to blame someone else.”

The thousands of Russians dying on Ukrainian soil could be better used to stop terrorists at home, Mr. Zelensky said.

“She [Russia] have driven hundreds of thousands of their terrorists here, onto Ukrainian soil.

“They are fighting us and they don’t care what happens in their own country.”

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How did the attack in Moscow come about?

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Huge “intelligence collapse”

IS-K said its four members used automatic rifles, a pistol, knives and firebombs, fired into the crowd and killed some concertgoers with knives, in an attack that was part of their ongoing war with countries that fight Islam.

The group was behind the Kabul airport bombing in August 2021, which killed 13 US soldiers and 170 Afghans during the US withdrawal from the country.

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Alex Rossi – Middle East Correspondent

Alex Rossi

International correspondent

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The Islamic State of Khorasan (IS-K) has blamed itself for attacks by other terrorist networks in the past, but it is almost certainly behind the deadly attack in Russia, although nothing is impossible.

The group claimed responsibility, and rumors picked up by Western intelligence services in the days before the atrocity also suggested something was coming.

The number of people killed in Friday’s shooting near Moscow is shocking and likely to continue to rise.

Many people assumed that the Islamic State (IS) was neutered, but it has grown in strength in recent years, particularly IS-K.

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The group also claimed responsibility for the bombing of a memorial procession in Iraq in January that killed 95 people.

Sunday has been declared a day of mourning in Russia as investigators continue to search the charred rubble of the theater for more victims.

According to the state news agency RIA Novosti, flags were lowered, entertainment events were canceled and advertising on television channels was stopped.

Early Sunday, Russia launched an airstrike on Kiev, Ukrainian officials said.

Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko said on Telegram that explosions had occurred in the capital after the region’s military administration said air defense systems would be used to repel the attack.

Eyewitnesses are said to have heard several explosions and seen several air rifles being fired.

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