Russian Terrorism Strikes Again: The Crocus City Hall Attack and Its Aftermath

Officials: Suspected Tajik men visited Turkey, showing signs of torture

On Sunday, a terrorist attack occurred at the Basmannyi courthouse in Moscow during the interrogation of suspects. The attack killed 137 people and injured over 180 on the outskirts of Moscow on Friday night. A group of gunmen opened fire at the Crocus City Hall before a concert, killing four terrorists and injuring more than 180 people.

The Russian security service FSB arrested eleven suspects, four of whom are suspected of participating in the act themselves at the concert hall. Four of the terrorist suspects are said to be citizens of Tajikistan. The president of Tajikistan Emomali Rahman condemned the attacks on Sunday. Shortly after the act, jihadist Isis-K claimed responsibility for it, active mainly in Afghanistan and Central Asia.

Russia claimed that the perpetrators were fleeing to Ukraine shortly after the attack. Spokesperson for Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Maria Zakharova hinted that Western countries were using ISIS as an excuse to protect their interests in Kiev. Members of Russian Social Chamber and Vladimir Rogov published videos on social media showing alleged torture of suspects during their interrogation process. The suspects will be held in pretrial detention for at least two months. Dmitri Peskov, Kremlin spokesman declined to comment on terrorism investigation, torture allegations and ISIS involvement in attack while he also confirmed that Russia is not planning to restore death penalty yet. French President Emmanuel Macron announced that several Isis-K attack attempts have been thwarted in France recently.

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