Those Behind Crocus City Hall Attack Sought to Disrupt Russian National Unity, Putin Says

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Shooting and fire occurred on the evening of March 22 before a concert at Crocus City Hall in the Moscow suburb of Krasnogorsk. According to the data by the emergencies ministry, at least 144 people died. March 24 was declared a national day of mourning.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said that there is every reason to believe that the main goal of the perpetrators of the terrorist attack in Crocus City Hall was to cause harm to Russia’s unity.

“In this regard, of course, judging by the ongoing investigation, we have every reason to believe that the main goal of the perpetrators of this bloody, terrible terrorist act in Moscow was precisely to cause harm to our unity. No other goals are visible, they simply do not exist,” Putin said at the XII Congress of the Federation of Independent Trade Unions of Russia.

Four perpetrators of the Crocus City Hall terrorist attack were detained on March 23 in the Bryansk region. Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that they were trying to flee and were heading towards Ukraine, where a “window” had been prepared for them to cross the border on the Ukrainian side. A Moscow court issued an arrest warrant for them.

The president noted that a total of 11 people have been detained, and law enforcement agencies are working to uncover the entire support base of the terrorists. According to him, the terrorist act was committed at the hands of radical Islamists. Director of the Federal Security Service (FSB), Alexander Bortnikov, noted that the Islamists alone could not have prepared the terrorist attack, but that they were helped. He noted that preliminary data from the detainees confirms the Ukrainian trail, and Russian special services believe that the United States, United Kingdom, and Ukraine are behind the terrorist attack.

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