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Moscow concert hall attack: Death toll rises to 60 as Islamic state claims responsibility

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In a horrific incident on the outskirts of Moscow, at least 60 people have been killed and 145 others wounded after gunmen launched an attack on a concert hall, according to Russian security services.

The assailants, clad in camouflage gear and numbering at least four, stormed the Crocus City Hall in the north-western suburb of Krasnogorsk. The attack occurred just as the venue was about to host a rock concert, with the gunmen targeting both the foyer and the theatre itself.

Video footage from the scene depicted scenes of chaos and destruction, with the concert hall engulfed in flames and parts of the roof collapsing. The attack, described as the deadliest in Russia in years, left the nation reeling, especially as it coincided with the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.

While the fate of the attackers remains unclear, state investigators are treating the incident as an act of terrorism. The Islamic State (IS) militant group has claimed responsibility for the attack in an unverified statement online, although US officials have suggested that IS had intentions of targeting Russia.

Authorities swiftly mobilized, with Russia’s National Guard deploying special units to apprehend the assailants. Top Russian officials, including President Vladimir Putin, were briefed on the situation and headed to Krasnogorsk.

The attack prompted heightened security measures, with the US embassy cautioning citizens to avoid large gatherings in Moscow. Meanwhile, the Kremlin announced the cancellation of all sports, cultural, and public events in the capital over the weekend.

As rescue efforts continue and the investigation unfolds, the tragic incident underscores the ongoing threat of terrorism and the need for heightened vigilance in safeguarding public spaces.

(Agencies)

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Five killed, 21 injured in accident at ‘Fox Hill SuperCross’ event

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Tragedy struck at the “Fox Hill Super Cross 2024” racing event in Diyatalawa, resulting in the death of five individuals and leaving 21 others injured, according to Police Media Spokesperson DIG Nihal Thalduwa.

The incident occurred when a race car veered off the track and collided with a group of spectators, DIG Thalduwa explained.

The 28th edition of the ‘Fox Hill SuperCross,’ organized by the Sri Lanka Military Academy Diyatalawa with the support of Sri Lanka Automobile Sports (SLAS), commenced in Diyatalawa on Sunday (21).

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Southern province governor Willy Gamage resigns

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The Governor of the Southern Province Willy Gamage has handed over his letter of resignation effective from 02 May, 2024, to the President’s Secretary.

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5 years marked since the Easter Sunday bombings

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Today (April 21) marks 05 years since the brutal Easter Sunday bombings in 2019.

All churches across Sri Lanka will observe 02 minutes of silence at 8:45 am today (21) to remember those lost in the attacks.

Several memorial events centering the St. Anthony’s church in Kochchikade and the St. Sebastian’s church in Katuwapitiya will be held.

Police spokesman DIG Nihal Thalduwa says that security has been beefed up to areas where memorial services are being held.

In 2019, a spate of bombings that took place across the country claimed 273 lives while injuring hundreds.

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