23.5 Russia – Target of international terrorism

At least 115 killed and scores wounded in Moscow concert hall attack

 Moscow concert hall shooting: dozens killed and at least 100 wounded in attack – video report
At least 115 people have been killed and 145 wounded in Russia’s worst terror attack in years, as gunmen in combat fatigues opened fire and detonated explosives in a major concert hall on the outskirts of Moscow.
Russian media say authorities have detained 11 people.

Three children were among the dead, Ria cited the regional healthcare ministry as saying on Saturday. Authorities had earlier said five children were among the victims and that about 60 people were in serious condition.
Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack late on Friday, in a post on Telegram in which the group claimed its gunmen had managed to escape afterwards. A US official said Washington had intelligence confirming Islamic State’s claim.
Aktualisiert am 24 März 2024 2246 Uhr Quelle dpa

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By Peter Koenig Global Research, March 25, 2024
Automatic gun-shooting by five men in black took place Friday evening 22 March in the Crocus City Concert Hall, attached to a shopping mall, at the outskirts of Moscow. The terror attack preceded a concert. The hall was therefore crowded with people, panicking for leaving it. The assault was followed by a massive explosion. 
The official fatality as of 23 March stands at 133. Dozens of people were injured.
However, the political end of this attack is more complex.
On March 7, 2024, the US Embassy in Russia warned Moscow that a terror attack may take place in Moscow within the next few weeks. No further details.
Is it one of the now fashionable “predictive planning” stunts? 
On the same day, the same US Embassy in Moscow warned US citizens in Moscow not to visit shopping malls. How much did the US know?
Speculations abound. Was this an empty warning to destabilize Russia and Russian elections?
Or was it one more provocation to pull Russia into a larger conflict?
On the day of the attack, John Kirby, spokesman for National Security at the White House said in a Press Conference that there were no indications that Ukraine had anything to do with the attack. In early March Washington just had some indications that a terror assault may hit Moscow.

Usual Suspects US and Ukraine Behind Moscow Terrorist Attack

By Joachim Hagopian Global Research, March 25, 2024
Last Friday evening of March 22nd, a horrific terrorist attack at the Crocus City Hall concert venue near Moscow murdered at least 133 Russian people, with over 120 more wounded. Within the first 24-hours after this egregious violence, Russian authorities arrested and detained eleven potential suspects that included the four alleged terrorist gunmen. In his address to the nation, President Vladimir Putin said that the terrorists were captured in Bryansk, Russia near the Ukraine border attempting to escape through “a window” provided by Ukrainian collaborators. In Putin’s words:
They [terrorist] tried to hide and moved towards Ukraine, where, according to preliminary data, a window was prepared for them on the Ukrainian side to cross the state border.
Thus, within hours the Russian leader was linking this act of terrorism to the Kiev government and by implication, Washington. Additionally, too many US fingerprints, unable to be covered up, are now rapidly emerging from this crime scene.
Back on March 7th, more than two weeks prior to this tragedy, US intelligence already knew of a potential attack in Moscow, enough for the US State Department to issue a public advisory to Americans in Russia, warning personnel at both the US and UK embassies of a probable terrorist attack in Moscow at “large public gatherings including concerts.” A day later on March 8thReuters reported:
The U.S. embassy in Russia warned that ‘extremists’ had imminent plans for an attack in Moscow, hours after Russian security services said they had foiled a planned shooting at a synagogue by a cell from the Afghan arm of Islamic State.
Apparently, the March 7th US intelligence details warning of an imminent potential attack at a Moscow concert were never passed on or shared with Russian security services, which according to former CIA operative Larry Johnson is standard international protocol. Shortly after the attack, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova responded:
If Washington had information, it should be shared and that if Washington had no information, it should not be talking in such a way. 

By Joachim Hagopian Global Research, March 25, 2024

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