FG commiserates with Russia over tragic attack, 115 deaths in Moscow

Reports say that no fewer than five gunmen clad in camouflage carrying automatic weapons burst into the packed concert hall in the Russian capital’s western suburbs on Friday night.

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FG, commiserates with Russia, tragic attack, 115 deaths in Moscow
This handout photograph taken and released by Russian Emergency Ministry on Saturday shows rescuers working inside the Crocus City Hall [Russian Emergency Ministry via AFP]
The Federal Government on Saturday expressed sympathy with the Russian Federation over the tragic attack in Moscow.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Amb. Yusuf Tuggar, in a statement, commiserated with the Russian Federation over the tragic attack said to have killed 60 people in a concert in Moscow.

According media reports, gunmen in combat fatigues opened fire and detonated explosives at Moscow’s Crocus City Hall in an attack claimed by ISIS.

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More than 115 people have been killed and nearly 120 others were injured following a brazen attack on concertgoers at Moscow’s Crocus City Hall before a performance by a Soviet-era rock band on Friday.

Assailants dressed in camouflage uniforms opened fire and reportedly threw explosive devices inside the concert venue, which was left in flames with its roof collapsing after the deadly attack.

Reports say that no fewer than five gunmen clad in camouflage carrying automatic weapons burst into the packed concert hall in the Russian capital’s western suburbs on Friday night.

The audience was gathering to watch the veteran rock band Picnic. They shot into the crowd and set off explosives that started a massive fire.

“We convey our deepest condolences to the people and Government of the Russian Federation on the tragic attack carried out at the Crocus Concert Hall in Moscow.

“The attack resulted in the death of innocent people and injuries to more than a hundred others.

“We also pray for the quick recovery of those injured. At this challenging time, we stand in brotherhood with the government and Russian Federation.

“We send our deepest sympathy and condolences to the Russian President, Vladimir Putin,” Tuggar said.

Margarita Simonyan, head of the Russian state-controlled RT news outlet, has reported the death toll from the Moscow attack as reaching 143 people, without citing an official source.

The last update provided by Russia’s Investigative Committee said 115 people had been killed in the attack.

Eleven people had been detained, including four people directly involved in the armed assault, Russia’s Interfax news agency reported early on Saturday.

ISIL’s Afghan branch, also known as the Islamic State in Khorasan Province, ISKP (ISIS-K) – has claimed responsibility for the attack and United States officials have confirmed the authenticity of that claim, according to the Reuters news agency.