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Gunmen kill 93 at Crocus City Hall in Moscow

Gunmen have attacked a concert hall on the fringes of Moscow, killing at least 93 people and wounding 100 more, Russian security services say.

Attackers clad in camouflage gear took part in the attack, in the north-western suburb of Krasnogorsk, BBC-verified video shows.

Four men directly involved were among 11 arrested on Saturday, officials say. Crocus City Hall was about to host a rock concert when the gunmen burst into the foyer and then the theatre itself.

Much of the building was engulfed by fire and part of the roof collapsed. Children are said to be among the casualties and the Russian foreign ministry has condemned a “terrorist attack”.

According to an unverified statement online, militant group Islamic State said it was behind the attack.

US officials told CBS, the BBC’s partner service in the US, that it had obtained intelligence that showed IS had wanted to attack Russia. The White House said it had warned Russia earlier this month of plans for a potential attack in Moscow targeting “large gatherings”.

Russia’s National Guard said it had special units working at the scene to hunt down the attackers. Top Russian officials also headed to Krasnogorsk.

Two weeks ago, the US embassy put out a warning to US citizens to avoid large gatherings, saying it was monitoring reports that “extremists have imminent plans to target large gatherings in Moscow”. It updated its advice on Friday evening, urging US citizens to avoid the vicinity of the attack.

More than 6,000 Russians had flocked to the Crocus City Hall retail and concert complex for a concert by rock group Picnic. One witness said the violence erupted minutes before the band were due to come on stage. Picnic’s band members themselves were unharmed.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has not yet directly addressed the nation.


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