10 things to know about attack on Russia’s Crocus City Hall

WITH the recent attack on an entertainment venue in the Russian capital, Moscow, many people, including Nigerians, have expressed concern and demanded a thorough probe into the attack.

The ICIR reported that at least 115 were killed and nearly 200 injured after gunmen opened fire and set off explosives at a concert hall – Crocus City Hallon the western end of Moscow.

The attack was reported to have begun on Friday night, March 22, when the audience was taking their seats for a sold-out show by Picnic, a popular rock band from the Soviet era in the Russian capital.

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    According to the report, about five armed men entered the concert hall,  shooting into the crowd and setting off explosives that started a massive fire.

    While the attack has continued to generate public outbursts and more details continue to emerge over it, here are ten major things to know about the incident.

    • Russia’s Investigative Committee has confirmed at least 115 people died in the attack, and over 200 were injured.
    • The targeted Crocus City Hall building is one of the biggest entertainment complexes in Moscow, with over 6,000 capacity.
    • Rescue services have evacuated about 100 people from the basement of the Crocus City Hall.
    • A branch of the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack, ISIL
    • The attackers, according to the prosecutor’s office, entered the concert hall, about 20 kilometres (12 miles) from the Kremlin and next to the Moscow Ring Road, and fired on those inside.
    • The assailants used explosives and flammable liquids to set the building ablaze after initially opening fire on people, according to Russian investigators.
    • The authorities have detained at least 11 people, including all four they say were directly involved, but have not identified the assailants or their motives.
    • The United States of America, Spain, Italy and Nigeria have condemned the attack.
    • Ukraine has since denied having a connection with the attack.
    • The attack is one of Russia’s deadliest incidents since the 2004 Beslan school siege, which claimed the lives of over 330 individuals, including many children.                                                                                                                                                  

    Usman Mustapha is a solution journalist with International Centre for Investigative Reporting. You can easily reach him via: [email protected]. He tweets @UsmanMustapha_M

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